The song of the day for Sunday, December 13, 2015 is “Blues In The Night.”
About This Song
“Blues in the Night” was written in 1941 for the film of the same name by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. Arlen wrote the music first and wrote a true blues song. Johnny Mercer, who later wrote the lyrics, drew on his southern heritage to write the exceptional blues lyrics.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “Blues In The Night” in 1957 for his jazz album The Beat of My Heart. For this album, Bennett chose to work with guest percussionists, including Candido and Sabu. The results were wonderful.
“Blues In The Night,” as well as The Beat of My Heart, is available from iTunes.
Today marks the centennial birthday of one of America’s greatest crime novelists: Ross Macdonald, both in Los Gatos, CA on December 13, 1915. Macdonald, he wrote the Lew Archer series, with powerful novels including The Drowning Pool, The Underground Man and The Galton Case.
I am a big fan of his writing and so, with your permission, choose to honor him today with a song, “Blues In The Night,” that he considered his favorite.
Macdonald (actually a pen name; his given name is Kenneth Millar) visited New York and 52nd Street at the end of World War II and fell in love with jazz, which remained his favorite music for the remainder of his life. He especially loved the music of Duke Ellington.
I’ve working on a website about this writer at Seeking Ross Macdonald, if you’d care to visit.
Tomorrow we begin the Fourth Annual Twelve Days of a Tony Bennett Christmas celebration! We’ll be featuring the best of Bennett’s Christmas songs, both secular and sacred.