The song of the day for Friday, July 11, 2014 is “Trav’lin’ Light.”
About This Song
“Trav’lin’ Light” was written in 1942 by Trummy Young and Jimmy Mundy, with wonderful lyrics by Johnny Mercer. TIt was first recorded by Paul Whiteman with Billie Holiday on vocals. It’s a wonderful, classic Mercer lyric and the tune is lovely. In addition to this recording, this song has been recorded by Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, Queen Latifah, Shirley Horn and Sonny Rollins.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Trav’lin’ Light” in 1996 for the album Bennett On Holiday, released in 1997. It’s a great tribute to Lady Day; the selection of songs on the album is really quite nice, and looks at songs from throughout her career, both happy and sad.
I am dedicating this song today to my cat Hazel, who is reaching the end of her life today. She has been my constant and loving companion for nearly 15 years but it’s time for her to go. I will miss her greatly and I hope that, once more, she’ll be traveling light.
“Trav’lin’ Light,” as well as Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.