The song of the day for Wednesday, September 18, 2013 is “Just Friends.”
About This Song
“Just Friends” was written in 1931 by John Klenner, with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis. The song was first recorded by Red MacKenzie and his Orchestra, but became popular when recorded by the singer Russ Columbo. It has become a jazz standard with recordings by Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Frank Sinatra.
About This Version
In 1964, Tony Bennett did a series of sessions with Herbie Hancock (piano), Stan Getz (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums). Today’s version of “Just Friends” is from one of these sessions.
“Just Friends,” as well all of the songs on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1, is available from iTunes.