The song of the day for Monday, March 3, 2014 is “The Girl I Love.”
About This Song
“The Girl I Love” was originally written by George and Ira Gershwin for the 1924 Broadway musical Lady, Be Good, though it was cut from that production. It was used again in 1927 for Strike Up The Band, but that production closed out of town. The lyrics were revised to “The Man I Love” for the 1928 Rosalie, but was cut from that production as well. In spite of all that, it rightly has its place as one of the great songs in the American Songbook. Notable recordings include those by Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Forrest, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Helen Morgan and many, many more.
About This Version
Today’s version is from one of my favorite Tony Bennett albums: Astoria: The Portrait of the Artist. It’s a terrific arrangement featuring the Ralph Sharon Trio with Paul Langosch on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. It starts slow and sweet for a couple of choruses and then starts to swing. Very nice.
“The Girl I Love,” as well as the album Astoria: The Portrait of the Artist, is available from iTunes.