The song of the day for Monday, January 29, 2018 is “The Good Life.”
About This Song
“The Good Life” was written in 1962 by Sacha Distel, with lyrics by Jack Reardon. Originally titled “La Belle Vie,” “The Good Life” was featured in the movie Seven Capital Sins. Tony Bennett is the singer most widely identified with “The Good Life;” other good recordings include those by Betty Carter, Carmen McRae and Stephane Grappelli. It has been said that Distel wrote this song about Bridgette Bardot, who refused Distel’s marriage proposal.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Good Life” in 1962 for the album I Wanna Be Around, released in 1963. Marty Manning wrote the arrangement.
“The Good Life,” as well as I Wanna Be Around, is available from iTunes.
Today, we honor Sacha Distel, who was born on January 29, 1933 in Paris, France. In addition to composing, Distel was a famed guitarist and singer. He was awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in 1997. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 71.