The song of the day for Saturday, December 8, 2018, is “The Way You Look Tonight.”
About This Song
“The Way You Look Tonight” was written in 1936 by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. It 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
Today’s version of “The Way You Look Tonight” was recorded with The Ralph Sharon Trio for the film My Best Friend’s Wedding, released in 1997.
The Way You Look Tonight, a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
“The Way You Look Tonight,” as well as the songs collected on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2, is available from iTunes.
I have a lovely video of Tony singing today’s song in 2014 at the iTunes London Festival and features the fine guitar of Gray Sargent.
Music video by Tony Bennett performing The Way You Look Tonight (Live from iTunes Festival, London, 2014). (C) 2014 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment http://vevo.ly/6Om08M