The song of the day for Saturday, February 23, 2019, 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 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 later sang it in most of her concerts.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Man That Got Away” for his album Tony Sings For Two. This is one of Tony’s finest albums, I think. Bennett and Ralph Sharon booked some time in the Columbia 30th Street Studio and entered with a briefcase full of sheet music. Bennett and Sharon recorded an astounding 16 songs in a single session, many on just one or two takes. For me, this album is a tribute to two incredibly talented musicians who were completely in sync. The session was held on October 28, 1959, but the album wasn’t released until February 1961.
The Man That Got Away – Remastered, a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
“The Man That Got Away,” as well as Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.
It’s Saturday and that means I have a video. Here’s Judy Garland from A Star Is Born.
Of course this is the original version that was written for Judy by Harold Arlen for the film A Star Is Born in 1954. Judy Garland is 32 years old here.