The song of the day for Thursday, June 1, 2023, is “My Old Flame.”
About This Song
“My Old Flame” was written by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow in 1934 for the movie Belle of the Nineties, which starred Mae West. Mae West was an ardent Duke Ellington fan and insisted that he and his orchestra be hired to do the film and accompany her when she sang it.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “My Old Flame” in June 1996 for his album dedicated to the music of Billie Holiday: Tony Bennett On Holiday, released in 1997. Jorge Calandrelli wrote the arrangement.
“My Old Flame,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday is available on Apple Music.
Here’s Billie Holiday’s recording of “My Old Flame” from 1944: