The song of the day for Wednesday, August 25, 2021, is “Lucky To Be Me.”
Today is the anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein: composer, conductor, pianist, and music educator. Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Mass. Unlike most classical musicians, Bernstein loved Broadway. Best known in that genre, he wrote the scores for West Side Story, Wonderful Town, and On The Town, from which our song of the day is chosen.
I grew up watching the Young People’s Concerts on television and credit those shows not only encouraging me to play two instruments but also giving me a lifelong love of all kinds of good music.
About This Song
“Lucky To Be Me” was written for the 1944 musical On The Town by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden. This song (as were most of the songs from the score) was cut from the 1949 film.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans recorded “Lucky To Be Me” in 1976 for their second album, Together Again, released in 1977.
“Lucky To Be Me,” as well as Together Again is available on Apple Music.