The song of the day for Wednesday, November 23, 2022, is “The Song Is Ended.”
About This Song
“The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)” was written in 1927 by Irving Berlin, with lyrics by Fritz Lohner-Beda. In his book The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia, Thomas Hischak calls this song “… an Irving Berlin standard whose title has been called the theme of all popular music, a chilling number in which both the lover and the ballad that was ‘their song’ is gone; yet neither can be forgotten because they remain in one’s memory.” This song was recorded in 1927 by Ruth Etting and has remained popular over the years with recordings by Dick Haymes, Dizzy Gillespie, Jeri Southern, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, and many more.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)” in May 1987 for the album Bennett/Berlin. The song was arranged by Tony Bennett and features Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet. Bennett’s trio for this album had Ralph Sharon on piano, Paul Langosch on bass, and Joe LaBarbera on drums.
“The Song Is Ended,” as well as Bennett/Berlin is available on Apple Music.