The song of the day for Thursday, March 7, 2013 is My Foolish Heart.
About This Song
My Foolish Heart was written in 1949 by Victor Young (music) and Ned Washington (lyrics) and introduced in a film of the same name, based on a story by J.D. Salinger. Even featuring a cast with Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward, the film was not successful. It marked the first and last time that Salinger would ever work with Hollywood. Thankfully, the song survived to become a popular jazz and popular standard.
In his new (and wonderful) book The Jazz Standards, Ted Gioia credits Carmen McRae and André Previn, who both recorded the song on the exact same day, with reviving the song’s popularity, which has lasted up to today.
About This Version
Today’s version of My Foolish Heart is from The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album. Bill Evans had recorded this song in 1961 with Scott LaFaro (bass) and Paul Motian (drums) at the Village Vanguard just few days before LaFaro’s fatal automobile accident.
My Foolish Heart, as well as The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album, is available from iTunes.
The remastered Bill Evans Trio Live at the Village Vanguard is also available from iTunes.
And, thanks to YouTube, we have a video of Bill Evans and My Foolish Heart from 1965.