The song of the day for Monday, January 18, 2021, is “Just In Time.”
About This Song
“Just In Time” was written for the 1956 Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing; the music was composed by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden. It was introduced by Judy Holliday and Sidney Chaplin; Holliday and Dean Martin sang it in the 1960 film version of Bells Are Ringing.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Just In Time” on my birthday in 1956 and it was released as a single that year. It was later added to his 1962 album Mr. Broadway: Tony’s Greatest Broadway Hits.
In 1965 Harry Belafonte, a good friend of Bennett’s, asked him to join Martin Luther King, Jr. for the third Selma march, the march after Bloody Sunday. This interview with Harry Belafonte and Tony Bennett, conducted by Chris Cuomo, tells the story:
In 1978, the miniseries King was aired, starring Paul Winfield as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cecily Tyson as Coretta Scott King. Tony Bennett played himself and recreated his performance.. The entire miniseries is available on YouTube; I cued it up to Bennett’s performance:
“Just In Time,” as well as Mr. Broadway: Tony’s Greatest Broadway Hits, is available from Apple Music.