The song of the day for Friday, September 18, 2015 is “Dancing In The Dark.”
About This Song
Dancing in the Dark was written for the 1931 revue The Band Wagon and is widely considered to be the finest of the songs written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. Alec Wilder, in American Popular Song, describes it as “… a very strong song with a superb, poetic lyric.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Dancing In The Dark” on April 6, 1961 for the album My Heart Sings. The album was arranged and conducted by Ralph Burns and produced by Ernie Altschuler. The Burns arrangement is quite nice–I especially liked the instrumental introduction and how Bennett’s voice soars over the band. It kind of makes me want to dance. By the way, that’s Eddie Costa on the vibes.
“Dancing In The Dark,” as well as My Heart Sings, is available from iTunes.