The song of the day for Wednesday, January 14, 2015 is “On The Sunny Side Of The Street.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street,” was written in 1930 by two of America’s greatest songwriters: Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. It was introduced in Lew Leslie’s International Revue. “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” was one of the first in a series of cheerful songs to try to cheer people up over the Great Depression. It has proven popular with singers, who love the wonderful Fields lyric, and jazz players, who love McHugh’s swingy tune.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” in 1967 for his album Tony Makes It Happen! The arrangement is by the great Marion Evans who is, in this author’s opinion, one of the greatest arrangers and orchestrators of the American songbook. He arranged Bennett’s latest album, Cheek to Cheek, with Lady Gaga.
“On The Sunny Side Of The Street,” as well as Tony Makes It Happen!, is available from iTunes.