The song of the day for Friday, May 30, 2014 is “All The Things You Are.”
About This Song
“All The Things You Are” was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein for the 1939 musical Very Warm For May. In American Popular Song, Alec Wilder considers it to be one of Kern’s finest songs and with good reason. It’s a beautiful tune and Hammerstein’s lyrics are excellent.
About This Version
If I were forced to pick a single Tony Bennett album to take to my desert island, it would have to be Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall. For one thing, as wonderful as his studio recordings are, his live performances are even more wonderful. Also, in my opinion, he hit a peak in 1962 was really phenomenal, with great success with both this concert as well as his other recordings released that year. Everything I’ve heard from 1962 sounds absolutely wonderful. Oh yes, and it was the year of “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” The orchestra that he and Ralph Sharon put together for the concert was great, as were all of Ralph’s arrangements. It’s a gorgeous album and is consistently ranked as one of the best concert recordings ever made.
“All The Things You Are,” as well as Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall, is available from iTunes.