The song of the day for Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 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 recorded “Old Devil Moon” on August 6, 1954 for his first LP album, Cloud 7. After four years of recording pop singles, Cloud 7 was Bennett’s declaration that he was a jazz singer. Chuck Wayne, who played guitar on this album, arranged this song, as well as most of the rest of the songs on the album.
“Old Devil Moon,” as well as Cloud 7 is available on Apple Music.