The song of the day for Tuesday, June 2, 2015 is “There’ll Be Some Changes Made.”
About This Song
“There’ll Be Some Changes Made” was written in 1921, with music by Benton Overstreet and lyrics by Billy Higgins, two African-American vaudeville performers. Ethel Waters had a hit recording of this song in late 1921; other early recordings include those by Marion Harris, Josie Miles, Fats Waller, and the Chicago Rhythm Kings. Later recordings include those by Billy Holiday, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett. Even western singers have been drawn to the song, with recordings by artists including Chet Atkins, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and Pee Wee Russell’s Rhythmakers.
About This Version
When you listen to this song, it’s hard to believe that it was written in 1921; it sounds as current as if it were written today. The excellent arrangement is by Torrie Zito. Tony Bennett recorded it for his first album on his new label, Improv: Tony Bennett Sings Life Is Beautiful. What with leaving Columbia and starting his own label, I’d say that the choice of this song is perfect.
Just a few little changes in store prompted this song. I have some movers come over tomorrow to help me set up my home office, which entails taking my desk apart and removing all the doors between where the desk is now to its new home.
“There’ll Be Some Changes Made,” as well as The Complete Improv Recordings, is available from iTunes.