The song of the day for Monday, August 17, 2015 is “When Do The Bells Ring For Me?”
About This Song
This song was written in 1989 by New York cabaret artist Charles DeForest especially for Tony Bennett to sing on Astoria: Portrait of the Artist. DeForest got his professional start as a singer for the Benny Goodman Orchestra, but soon set out on his own as a performer in piano bars and cabarets in Manhattan. He won several awards for his cabaret work, including those from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets in 1994 and 1996 and the Mabel Mercer Foundation in 1992. Mr. DeForest died in 1992. “When Do The Bells Ring For Me?” became his signature song.
About This Version
Astoria: Portrait of the Artist is one of my favorite of Tony Bennett’s albums. The album, which is beautifully arranged and sung, tells the story of the young man returning home after serving in the war and discovering who he is as an adult. It’s really an extraordinary album and this beautiful song opens the album. The album was produced by Danny Bennett and features the Ralph Sharon Trio, with Joe LaBarbera on drums and Paul Langosch on bass.
“When Do The Bells Ring For Me?,” as well as Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, is available from iTunes.