It’s been too long since we’ve featured a Harold Arlen song. Actually, I can’t go for more than a few days without listening to some Harold Arlen songs. For August 26, 2012, the Song of the Day is I’ve Got the World on a String.
About I’ve Got the World on a String
I’ve Got the World on a String was written by Harold Arlen (music) and Ted Koehler (lyrics) for the 1932 Cotton Club Review and was introduced by Cab Calloway and Bing Crosby. Like most Arlen songs, it’s been recorded by many great singers including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Sarah Vaughn. The song is heavily identified with Frank Sinatra, who recorded in 1953.
About This Version
Tony Bennett has recorded this song three times: on the 1960 Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen, his 1962 Carnegie Hall Concert, and for the 1992 Perfectly Frank. All three versions are great. Today we feature the Carnegie Hall performance.