The song of the day for Tuesday, August 27, 2019, is “Solitude.”
About This Song
Duke Ellington wrote “Solitude” in 1934. As usual with Ellington songs, lyrics by Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills were added later. 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 performed “Solitude” in the second act of his legendary performance at Carnegie Hall, captured on the album Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall.
“Solitude,” as well as Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall, is available from iTunes.