The song of the day for March 17, 2014, St. Patrick’s Day, is “Old Devil Moon.”
About This Song
“Old Devil Moon” was composed by Burton Lane with lyrics by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg in 1947 for the Broadway musical Finian’s Rainbow. The musical concerns an Irishman named Finian who moves to the fictional state of Missitucky in the United States. Along with his daughter, he hopes to bury a stolen pot of gold near Fort Knox in hopes that it will grow. Meantime, the leprechaun from whom the gold was stolen has followed them and hopes to recover his treasure. Antics ensue.
About This Version
Tony Bennett included “Old Devil Moon” on is first full-length album, Cloud 7, released in 1955. After five years of recording hits for Mitch Miller, Bennett set out to record a jazz album and the result is this wonderful album. This song was arranged by guitarist Chuck Wayne.
“Old Devil Moon,” as well as the album Cloud 7, is available from iTunes.