The song of the day for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 is “Laughing At Life.”
About This Song
“Laughing At Life” was written in 1930, with music by Cornell Todd and Bob Todd and lyrics by Nick Kenny and Charles Kenny. Interestingly, this song was written by two pairs of brothers. This song has been recorded by several of the great jazz groups and singers, including Ruth Eating, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and The Armpit Jug Band (I know nothing about this band, but couldn’t pass up on their name).
About This Version
Today’s song is the eighth song on our album of the month Tony Bennett On Holiday. It’s a fun song and the piano-only accompaniment is just perfect.
“Laughing At Life,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.
About Billie Holiday’s Version
Billie Holiday recorded “Laughing at Life” on June 7, 1940 in New York. Two takes were recorded that day; we are listening to the first take (MX W26902-A), released on OKeh 5719. Her orchestra included Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Bill Bowen and Joe Eldridge (alto sax), Kermit Scott and Lester Young (tenor sax), Teddy Wilson (piano), Freddie Green (guitar), Walter Page (bass) and J.C. Heard (drums).
“Laughing At Life,” as well as A Musical Romance, is available from iTunes. This album consists of recordings that Billie Holiday with Lester Young and it’s a real joy to listen to.