The song of the day for Saturday, January 27, 2018 is “The Way You Look Tonight.”
About This Song
“The Way You Look Tonight” was written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields for 1936 film Swing Time, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire; 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.
Today we are pleased to honor Jerome Kern, who was born on January 27, 1885, on the anniversary of his birth.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “The Way You Look Tonight” with the Ralph Sharon Trio in 1997 for the film My Best Friend’s Wedding. It’s an exquisite recording of an exquisite song.
“The Way You Look Tonight,” as well as all of the songs collected on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2, is available from iTunes.
Once again it’s Saturday–our video today is a performance of today’s song by Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap on CBS This Morning in 2015 for release of their album The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.