The song of the day for is “Manhattan.”
About This Song
Written for the Garrick Gaieties, “Manhattan,” written in 1925, is an early Rodgers and Hart song. The song was introduced by the Sterling Holloway. It made its first film appearance the following year in a short entitled Makers of Melody. The song has remained popular up to today and is frequently recorded by jazz and popular singers. In addition to Bennett’s recording, “Manhattan” has been recorded by Blossom Dearie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and Dinah Washington. It is often used in films, including Silent Movie, Mighty Aphrodite and The English Patient.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Manhattan” in 1973 with the Ruby Braff – George Barnes Quartet. It was released in 1976 on Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers and Hart Songs.
“Manhattan,” as well as The Complete Improv Recordings, is available from iTunes.