The song of the day for Saturday, February 1, 2014 is “The Way You Look Tonight.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “The Way You Look Tonight” is one of Jerome Kern’s most beautiful songs, with wonderful lyrics by Dorothy Fields. They wrote this song for the 1936 film Swing Time, starring Fred Astaire (who introduced the song) and Ginger Rogers.
About This Version
Today’s version of “The Way You Look Tonight” is from Bennett’s 1958 album Long Ago And Far Away and was arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol. Bennett sings this song in most of his concerts and it’s always a show-stopper, with great heart and emotional depth. This author never tires of hearing it; I hope you never tire of it either. It’s one of the greatest songs in the American Songbook sung by its greatest proponent.
“The Way You Look Tonight,” as well as the album Long Ago and Far Away, is available from iTunes.
As it’s Saturday, here’s your video: Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap singing today’s song, from the Elvis Costello Spectacle, from December 2008:
And if you have time for another video, here’s the scene from Swing Time, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: