The song of the day for Tuesday, November 30, 2021, is “Trav’lin’ Light.”
About This Song
“Trav’lin’ Light” was written by Trummy Young and Jimmy Mundy in 1942; Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics. This song was first recorded by Paul Whiteman with Billie Holiday on vocals. It’s a wonderful, classic Mercer lyric and the tune is lovely. In addition to this recording, this song has been recorded by Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, Queen Latifah, Shirley Horn, and Sonny Rollins.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Trav’lin’ Light” in 1996 for his album Tony Bennett On Holiday, a tribute to Billie Holiday. Jorge Calandrelli wrote the arrangement.
“Trav’lin’ Light,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday is available on Apple Music.
Here is the Billie Holiday and Paul Whiteman Orchestra recording from 1942: