The song of the day for Monday, June 3, 2013 is “Day Dream.”
About This Song
“Day Dream” was written in 1941 by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, with lyrics by John LaTouche. It was one of the first songs Strayhorn wrote after he moved to New York and the first recording was made by Johnny Hodges with Strayhorn on piano. Duke Ellington included it on his album for Billy … And His Mother Called Him Bill, made shortly after Strayhorn’s death.
About This Version
Today’s version “Day Dream” is from a group of sessions held in May 1964 with Bennett, Stan Getz (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass), Elvin Jones (drums), and Herbie Hancock (piano). Up until 2011, only one song from these sessions had ever been released: “Danny Boy,” which was released on Bennett’s 1987 compilation album Jazz. The remaining songs from these sessions were, thankfully, included in the 2011 Tony Bennett Complete Collection and are now available on iTunes. All of the songs with these musicians are exceptional.
“Day Dream,” as well as all of the songs on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Volume 1, is available from iTunes.