The song of the day for Friday, January 15, 2016 is “By Myself.”
About This Song
“By Myself” was written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz for the 1937 musical Between the Devil, where it was introduced by Jack Buchanan. Another great Schwartz-Dietz song from Between the Devil was “I See Your Face Before Me.” This song was used in the 1953 Fred Astaire film, The Band Wagon.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “By Myself” in 1958 for one of his best, if somewhat unappreciated, albums: Hometown, My Town. This album is one of the first “concept” albums recorded. It follows the dreams of a young couple in Manhattan, from their yearning for a penthouse in the sky (“Penthouse Serenade”) to the end of a relationship (“The Party’s Over”). Everything in between is fantastic. The album was arranged by Ralph Burns.
“By Myself,” as well as Hometown, My Town, is available from iTunes.