The song of the day for Monday, June 11, 2018 is “These Foolish Things.”
About This Song
“These Foolish Things” was composed by Jack Strachey, with lyrics by Eric Maschwitz (as Holt Marvell). Although written and first performed in 1936, “These Foolish Things” 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
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “These Foolish Things” in 1996 for his album Tony Bennett On Holiday; this album features songs sung by Billie Holiday.
“These Foolish Things,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.