The song of the day for Sunday, August 13, 2023, is “Old Devil Moon.”
About This Song
“Old Devil Moon” was written by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg for the 1947 musical Finian’s Rainbow, which also gave us “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” While Alec Wilder was no fan of “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”, in America Popular Song, he praises “Old Devil Moon” as “a well-written, wholly convincing song. It drives, and its initial intensity is sustained throughout.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett (with Ralph Sharon on piano, Doug Richeson on bass, and Clayton Cameron on drums) recorded their show for MTV Unplugged on April 12, 1994. The concert was released later that year on the album Tony Bennett: MTV Unplugged.
The album won two Grammy Awards: Album of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
“Old Devil Moon,” as well as MTV Unplugged is available on Apple Music.
We’re also happy to include the video of Tony Bennett’s entrance and performance of “Old Devil Moon.”