The song of the day for Wednesday, February 5, 2020, is “Willow Weep For Me.”
About This Song
“Willow Weep For Me” was written in 1932 by a Radcliffe student named Ann Ronell. She encountered some initial trouble in getting the song published, but once Irving Berlin heard and decided to publish the song, it began to take off. The first recording was made by Ted Fio Rito, with vocals by Muzzy Marcellino. The song became a jazz standard and has been recorded by many fine jazz artists, including Art Tatum, Dinah Washington, Stan Kenton, Thelonius Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Willow Weep For Me” in 1996 for his album dedicated to Billie Holiday: Tony Bennett On Holiday. The album was released on February 4, 1997. It won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
“Willow Weep For Me,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.
And here’s Lady Day’s recording of our song for today.