The song of the day for Wednesday, January 31, 2018 is “The Man That Got Away.”
About This Song
“The Man That Got Away” was written by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin for Judy Garland to sing in the 1954 version of A Star Is Born, with James Mason. Her performance of the song is legendary in film history, with 27 takes in three days, three separate sessions, and two different directors. The filmed scene is brilliant and made the song a huge hit for Garland, who sang it in most of her concerts.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Man That Got Away” with Ralph Sharon for their album Tony Sings For Two which was released in February 1961. Bennett and Sharon entered the CBS 30th Street Studio on October 28, 1959 with a briefcase full of sheet music. In that one day, they chose and recorded 16 songs, most of them on the first or second take, 12 of which wound up on the album. It was a mammoth recording session that resulted in a magnificent album.
“The Man That Got Away,” as well as Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.
Here’s a video of Judy Garland and “The Man That Got Away” from A Star is Born.
I thank you for letting me indulge myself by playing some of my very favourite of Tony’s recordings. Tune in tomorrow for a special monthly theme that I hope you’ll enjoy.