The song of the day for Friday, September 9, 2022, is “All For You.”
The Year of Tony Bennett wishes Susan Benedetto, Tony Bennett’s wife, a very happy birthday.
About This Song
“All For You” was written in 2004 by Tony Bennett, for a tune written in 1940 by Django Reinhardt.
Tony Bennett’s son, Danny, had long encouraged his father to write a song. While performing in Hawaii, he dropped into a small jazz club and heard the Django Reinhardt song “Nuages” and felt that he had found the right melody for the song he had in mind. He talks about the song in his book Life is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett:
I asked Danny to get hold of the family that owned the song, and they gave us an okay for me to write the lyrics, inspired by and dedicated to my wife, Susan Benedetto, which became “All for You.” And oddly enough, I wrote the lyrics in only an hour. I guess from interpreting songs for so many years, I know to stay away from trite material, and I thought it came out pretty well. Then when we were in Fresno, California, I performed it in front of an audience for the first time, and I was bowled over by their reaction; they went crazy for it. So at eighty-six, I now have my first songwriting credit.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “All For You” in 2004 for his album The Art of Romance. Johnny Mandel wrote the arrangement.
“All For You,” as well as The Art of Romance is available on Apple Music.