The song of the day for Wednesday, March 9, 2022, is “Trav’lin’ Light.”
About This Song
“Trav’lin’ Light” was written in 1942 by Trummy Young and Jimmy Mundy, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. This wonderful song was first recorded by Paul Whiteman with Billie Holiday on vocals. It’s a wonderful, classic Mercer lyric and the tune is lovely. In addition to this recording, this song has been recorded by Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, Queen Latifah, Shirley Horn, and Sonny Rollins.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Trav’lin’ Light” for his 1997 tribute album to Billie Holiday: Tony Bennett On Holiday. Jorge Calandrelli wrote the arrangement.
“Trav’lin’ Light,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday is available on Apple Music.
Here’s the original 1942 recording by Billie Holiday, with The Paul Whiteman Orchestra. I’ve never been a fan of Whiteman, but this recording is the wonderful exception.