The song of the day for Thursday, July 13, 2018 is “They Didn’t Believe Me.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “They Didn’t Believe Me,” was written in 1914 by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Herbert Reynolds. First introduced in the 1914 musical The Girl from Utah it was one of five numbers added to the show by Kern and Reynolds for its Broadway debut at the Knickerbocker Theatre on August 14, 1914. The show had originated in Britain, but impresario Charles Frohman had felt it needed additional material to enliven its U.S. run. It became Kern’s first major song success.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap recorded “They Didn’t Believe Me” for their 2015 album The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. In addition to Bennett’s beautifully intimate choices in singing today’s song, the piano work by Mr. Charlap and the bass from Peter Washington is just splendid. Thank you all, gentlemen.
You might be saying, “But Suzanne. You played a Jerome Kern song yesterday.” All I can say is that once I get Jerome Kern music in my head, I just can’t let it go.
“They Didn’t Believe Me,” as well as The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, is available from iTunes.