The song of the day for Wednesday, May 25, 2022, is “While We’re Young.”
About This Song
“While We’re Young” was written in 1944 by Alec Wilder and Morty Palitz, with lyrics by William Engvick. The song was first recorded in 1944 by the Fred Waring Singers and again in 1949 by Meredith Willson (who wrote The Music Man) and his Orchestra. Peggy Lee also recorded the song in 1949, but not to Wilder’s liking. Marion McPartland quotes Wilder as telling Miss Lee ‘The next time you come to the bridge (of the song), jump off!’ “While We’re Young” remains popular in the American songbook, having been recently recorded by Jane Monheit and Ben Sidron.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “While We’re Young” on May 31, 1951. Percy Faith wrote the arrangement.
“While We’re Young,” as well as all of the singles collected on The Columbia Singles, Vol. 1 is available on Apple Music.