The song of the day for Monday, October 26, 2015 is “The Way You Look Tonight.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “The Way You Look Tonight,” is one of the most beautiful love songs ever written. This Jerome Kern tune, with lyrics from Dorothy Fields, was introduced by Fred Astaire in the 1936 film Swing Time; the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the year. Dorothy Fields remarked “The first time Jerry played that melody for me I went out and started to cry. The release absolutely killed me. I couldn’t stop, it was so beautiful.” Dorothy Fields was the first woman to win an Oscar for songwriting. It’s a magnificent love song that has found a strong position as a jazz standard, with recordings by Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé and Frank Sinatra.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “The Way You Look Tonight” in 1977 for the soundtrack of the film My Best Friend’s Wedding, with the lovely piano of Ralph Sharon. It’s doesn’t get much more beautiful than this.
“The Way You Look Tonight,” as well as all the songs collected on Outtakes, Rarities and Other Delights, Vol. 2, is available from iTunes.