The song of the day for Thursday, February 17, 2022, is “Over The Rainbow.”
About This Song
“Over The Rainbow” was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. Probably the most widely known of all Arlen’s songs, “Over The Rainbow” is from the great Wizard Of Oz. Interestingly, the producers wanted to cut the song from the film, as they felt it slowed downed the movie. Thankfully, the preview audiences preferred the movie with the song. “Over The Rainbow” ranked as the #1 song of the 20th century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment of the Arts. The song has always been closely associated with Judy Garland. In a letter to Harold Arlen, Judy Garland wrote that the song “…has become part of my life. It’s so symbolic of everybody’s dreams and wishes that I’m sure that’s why some people get tears in their eyes when they hear it. I’ve sung it thousands of times and it’s still the song that’s closest to my heart.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Over The Rainbow” in 1960 for his songbook tribute to Harold Arlen: Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen. Glenn Osser wrote the arrangements and conducted the orchestra for the entire album.
“Over The Rainbow,” as well as Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen is available on Apple Music.
We have a very special video today of Yip Harburg singing today’s song.