The song of the day for Monday, March 22, 2021, is “The Right to Love.”
About This Song
“The Right To Love” was written by Lalo Schifrin in 1963; the lyrics by Gene Lees were added later. This song has an interesting history. 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 sung 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” in 1965 for his album If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set. It was arranged by Don Costa.
“The Right to Love,” as well as If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set, is available from Apple Music.