The song of the day for Tuesday, June 22, 2021, is “Solitude.”
About This Song
“Solitude” was written in 1934 by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills. One of his masterpieces, Ellington is said to have written “Solitude” in twenty minutes at the recording session, as they were one number short (Ted Gioia in Jazz Standards). It’s a very strong song for both vocalists and instrumentalists. Ellington made over a hundred recordings of this song. Other great recordings include those by Paul Robeson, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Billy Eckstine.
About This Version
Tony Bennett first recorded “Solitude” in 1958 for his album with Count Basie: In Person! He performed it at his 1962 Carnegie Hall concert on June 9, 1962. I think this version of “Solitude” is not just Bennett’s finest recording of this song; I think it’s one of the greatest recordings of “Solitude” ever recorded and it’s captured on Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall.
“Solitude,” as well as Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall is available on Apple Music.