The song of the day for Saturday, April 26, 2014 is “Lullaby of Broadway.”
About This Song
“Lullaby of Broadway” was written in 1935 by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the film musical The Gold Diggers of 1935. This song is one of Warren’s most popular songs, with recordings by Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Bette Midler. It was used in the 1980 Broadway production 42nd Street and was sung by Jerry Orbach (whom your author had the great privilege of seeing in this production).
About This Version
“Lullaby of Broadway” is one of Bennett’s more often-recorded songs, starting with The Beat of My Heart in 1957 to the 1962 Carnegie Hall Concert and the 1964 Live at the Sahara concert. Today’s version is from his second album with the Count Basie Orchestra, In Person!, released in 1959.
“Lullaby of Broadway,” as well as the album In Person!, is available from iTunes.
And yes, it’s Saturday again. Here is Tony Bennett singing “Lullaby of Broadway” with Dixie Chicks from Duets: An American Classic.
Many thanks to Tony Bennett and VEVO for making a whole new crop of videos available on YouTube.