The song of the day for Friday, October 22, 2021, is “The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On).”
About This Song
“The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)” was written in 1927 by Irving Berlin, with lyrics by Beda Loehner. In his book The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia, Thomas Hischak calls this song
An Irving Berlin standard whose title has been called the theme of all popular music, a chilling number in which both the lover and the ballad that was ‘their song’ is gone; yet neither can be forgotten because they remain in one’s memory.
This song was recorded in 1927 by Ruth Etting and has remained popular over the years with recordings by Dick Haymes, Dizzy Gillespie, Jeri Southern, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat Cole, and many more.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)” in 1987 for his album Bennett/Berlin. It was arranged by Tony Bennett and features Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet. The Ralph Sharon Trio accompanies Bennett, featuring Sharon on piano, Paul Langosch on bass, and Joe LaBarbera on drums.
“The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On),” as well as Bennett/Berlin is available on Apple Music.