The song of the day for Thursday, June 11, 2020, is “The Right To Love.”
About This Song
“The Right To Love” was written originally as an instrumental piece by Lalo Schifrin; it was first recorded, without lyrics, in 1963 on an album called Reflections by Stan Getz and Lalo Schifrin. Tony Bennett liked the song from the beginning and suggested that Gene Lees write the lyrics. The resulting song is an anthem for “forbidden” love. At that time, most people associated the song with interracial relationships; in later years, it has been adopted by gay singers. In addition to Bennett’s recording, this song has been recorded by Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, and k.d. lang.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Right To Love” on February 18, 1965, and released in 1965 on the album If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set. It was arranged by Don Costa.
“The Right To Love” is the most-searched-for song on our sister site, The Interactive Tony Bennett Discography.
“The Right To Love,” as well as If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set, is available from Apple Music.