The song of the day for Wednesday, March 18, 2015 is “Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe.”
About This Song
“Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe” was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg for the 1940 Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky, starring Ethel Waters and Dooley Wilson. The song was introduced by Ethel Waters, sung to her husband Joe, played by Dooley Wilson. The 1943 film version of Cabin in the Sky also featured Miss Waters, with the role of Joe played by Eddie Anderson.
About This Version
With today’s song, we return to our album of the month Tony Sings For Two. “Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe” is the 9th song on the album. Ralph Sharon’s bluesy introduction to the song is quite effective and Tony Bennett is obviously having a great time with the song. I’ve listened to a lot of Tony Bennett music and you can often hear his joy in singing the song–this is one of those times.
“Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe,” as well as Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.