The song of the day for Thursday, March 21, 2013 is When I Fall In Love.
About This Song
Composed by Victor Young with lyrics by Edward Heyman, When I Fall In Love was written 1952 for the romantic war movie One Minute To Zero, which starred Robert Mitchum and Ann Blythe and was produced by Howard Hughes (yes, that Howard Hughes). The reviews were not especially kind; the New York Times said “Here is another war picture that smells of grease paint and studios.” Ouch.
About This Version
While the movie that launched When I Fall In Love may not be on any top 100 list, it’s a charming love song and has become a jazz and popular standard. Doris Day had the first hit version of it in 1952 and Nat King Cole released it in 1957. It has also been recorded by Etta James and Johnny Mathis. It’s a very sweet and charming love song. While some may find the yearning for one true love to last a lifetime somewhat trite, this author enjoys the sweet naiveté of the song’s sentiment. Tony Bennett sings it in that spirit, with loving heart and no irony. It’s kind of refreshing.
Tony Bennett recorded this song with the Count Basie Orchestra for his 1959 In Person! album, with a nice easy arrangement by Ralph Sharon.
When I Fall In Love, as well as the full In Person! album, is available from iTunes.