The song of the day for Monday, June 24, 2013 is “When In Rome.”
About This Song
“When In Rome” was written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh in 1964.
In the year 2000, part of his 70th birthday celebration at the Library of Congress, Stephen Sondheim chose a list of ‘Songs I Wish I Had Written (At Least in Part).’ On this list were several songs by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, most of which are songs that Tony Bennett has recorded including “When In Rome,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” and “The Rules of the Road.” Who am I to disagree with Stephen Sondheim and Tony Bennett? Not that I could. Not only do I love those songs, but I love how Tony Bennett sings them.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans chose “When In Rome” as one of the songs for their first album, The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album, released in 1975.
“When in Rome,” as well as The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album, is available from iTunes.
Here’s a brief video from the Clint Eastwood documentary “The Music Never Ends” with Tony Bennett, showing Evans and Bennett on the Tonight Show playing this song.