The song of the day for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 is “With Plenty of Money and You.”
About This Song
“With Plenty of Money and You” was written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the movie Gold Diggers of 1937. Originally, Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg were slated to write all the songs for the movie, but Busby Berkeley wasn’t happy with the songs for the productions numbers and so he added Warren and Dubin. The final score for the movie includes songs by both songwriting teams.
About This Version
This swinging song is from Bennett’s widely-hailed 1959 album with the Count Basie Orchestra: Basie/Bennett, originally released on the Roulette label, which handled Basie’s albums. They got together again in 1959 for In Person!, this time from Columbia. Both albums are terrific.
“With Plenty of Money and You,” as well as the entire remastered Strike Up The Band album, is available from iTunes.
And, if you’re interested, here’s Dick Powell singing this song from the film: