The song of the day for Sunday, January 21, 2018 is “This Can’t Be Love.”
About This Song
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote this song for the 1938 Broadway musical The Boys From Syracuse. It is one of their most joyous and least ironic love songs. Both Benny Goodman and Eddy Duchin recorded the song in the late 1930s. In addition to Tony Bennett’s fine recording here, “This Can’t Be Love” has also been recorded by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Diana Krall.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “This Can’t Be Love” 1973 for Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs from his own label: Improv. This album, as well as the follow-on album Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers and Hart, was recorded with The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet, which features Braff on cornet, Barnes and Wayne Wright on guitar, and John Guiffrida on bass. This quartet–with neither piano nor drums–was perfect for these songs.
“This Can’t Be Love,” as well as The Complete Improv Recordings, is available from iTunes.