The song of the day for Friday, July 10, 2020, is “These Foolish Things.”
About This Song
“These Foolish Things” was written by Jack Strachey, featuring lyrics by Eric Maschwitz (credited as Holt Marvell) in 1936. 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
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “These Foolish Things” in 1996 for his tribute album to Billie Holiday: Tony Bennett On Holiday, released in 1997. Jorge Calandrelli conducted and arranged. The image of Billie Holiday on the cover of the album is from a painting of Lady Day by Tony Bennett, who signs his paintings by his family name, Benedetto.
“These Foolish Things,” as well as Tonhy Bennett On Holiday, is available from Apple Music.