The song of the day for Wednesday, April 28, 2021, is “Day Dream.”
About This Song
“Day Dream” was written by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, with lyrics by John LaTouche. Acknowledged to have been written solely by Strayhorn, “Day Dream” is a lovely song with a strong Strayhorn touch, enhanced by the thoughtful lyrics by John LaTouche. The first recording was in 1941 and featured Johnny Hodges on saxophone and Billy Strayhorn on piano. Other notable recordings include this one by Tony Bennett, Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “Day Dream” in 1964 with Herbie Hancock (piano), Stan Getz (tenor sex), Ron Carter (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums).
“Day Dream,” as well as all of the songs on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1, is available from Apple Music.
Here’s the original 1941 recording with Johnny Hodges and Strayhorn on piano: