The song of the day for Saturday, August 5, 2023, is “These Foolish Things.”
About This Song
“These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)” was written in 1936 by Jack Strachey and Eric Maschwitz (writing as Holt Marvell due to contractual issues). The song was not an immediate hit. In fact, Maschwitz’ agent refused to publish the song and so Maschwitz himself did. There were several fine recordings in the 1930s, including one by Billie Holiday with the Teddy Wilson Orchestra and Benny Goodman. In the 1950s, the song became even more popular, with recordings by Artie Shaw, Nat King Cole, Art Pepper, and Johnny Hartman. “These Foolish Things” ranks #28 on jazzstandards.org and is still widely played and recorded.
About This Version
“These Foolish Things,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday is available on Apple Music.
Here’s Billie Holiday’s version with Teddy Wilson, recorded on June 30, 1936: