The song of the day for Monday, May 24, 2021, is “Nobody’s Heart Belongs To Me.”
About This Song
“Nobody’s Heart Belongs To Me” was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the musical By Jupiter in 1942. Directed by Joshua Logan, it starred Ray Bolger, Vera-Ellen, and Constance Moore. It was their last full-length work. In American Popular Music, Alec Wilder called this song “one of the loveliest songs Rodgers or any other theater writer has ever written. In the area of this form of music, it is a masterpiece.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Nobody’s Heart Belongs To Me” on October 28, 1959, at the CBS 30th Street Studio with just Ralph Sharon for the album Tony Sings For Two, released in 1961.
It was a remarkable session, as Bennett relates in his autobiography, The Good Life:
We booked time in the studio and pored through music books, trying one tune after another. The arrangements were spontaneous, and we finished each song in one or two takes. In one afternoon we laid down sixteen tunes–which must be some kind of record–twelve of which made it onto the album, which became 1961’s Tony Sings For Two. Mitch Miller showed up at the start of these sessions, furious that I was really going through with it. When he saw there no dissuading me, he turned to Frank Laico and said, “I’m leaving. I can’t support this.” Tony Sings For Two turned out to be one of my finest records ever.
“Nobody’s Heart Belongs To Me,” as well as Tony Sings For Two, is available from Apple Music.