The song of the day for Sunday, July 14, 2013 is “Out Of This World.”
About This Song
“Out Of This World” was written for the 1945 film of the same name by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. Out Of This World was billed as a kind of science fiction love story where the actor Eddie Bracken opens his mouth to sing this song, but Bing Crosby’s voice comes out. I’ll have to put this on my TCM watch list. In any case, it’s a beautiful ballad with an excellent lyric by Mercer. The Bing Crosby version was popular, as well as recordings by Jo Stafford, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney and, of course, Tony Bennett.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Out Of This World” in 1967 for his album For Once In My Life. It was arranged by the great Marion Evans. Evans has done the arrangements for the new Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga jazz album that is currently being recorded.
“Out Of This World,” as well as the album For Once In My Life, is available from iTunes.