The song of the day for Saturday, July 28, 2018 is “Cold, Cold Heart.”
About This Song
“Cold, Cold Heart” was written in 1951 by the great Hank Williams. It’s said, though probably apocryphally, that Williams had a bitter argument with his wife and later told the family’s governess that his wife had a cold, cold heart. The song was written soon after. If the story isn’t true, then it should be.
About This Version
Tony Bennett’s 1951 recording of “Cold, Cold Heart” was a blockbuster and is quite well-known. Today, I’m featuring a lesser-known recording from 1970: just Tony Bennett with pianist John Bunch. It’s an exquisite recording that was released with the Tony Bennett Complete Collection box set on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1.
“Cold, Cold Heart,” as well as other previously unreleased recordings on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1, is available from iTunes.
I have a couple of videos of today’s song.
First up, this Google Doodle from Valentine’s Day a few years ago, features Bennett’s original 1951 recording.
Next up is a video with singer Tim McGraw, from the 2006 album Duets: An American Classic. As always, Gray Sargent’s guitar is just perfect.