The song of the day for Friday, June 17, 2016 is “I Get A Kick Out Of You.”
About This Song
“I Get a Kick Out of You” was written for Cole Porter’s 1934 musical Anything Goes, where it was introduced by Ethel Merman. It’s been popular since then and has been recorded by artists including Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Anita O’Day, Max Roach and many more. The original lyrics reference the use of cocaine (I get no kick from cocaine), and that particular line in the lyric is often rewritten, often to champagne.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “I Get a Kick Out of You” for his 1957 jazz album The Beat of My Heart. The cut was not on the original LP release, but was added to the first CD release in the early 1990s. The arrangement is by Ralph Sharon and features Art Blakey on drums.
“I Get A Kick Out Of You,” as well as The Beat of My Heart, is available from iTunes.
And because I love Ethel Merman, here’s one of her recordings of today’s song.