The song of the day for Sunday, May 2, 2021, is “Thou Swell.”
Lyricist Lorenz Hart was born on May 2, 1895, in New York to Jewish immigrant parents. While studying journalism at Columbia University in 1919, he was introduced to Richard Rodgers and the rest was history. Hart died in 1943.
About This Song
“Thou Swell” was written by Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart for the 1927 musical A Connecticut Yankee, based on the Mark Twain novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. “Thou Swell” is one of the more charming songs from the musical, as the lyrics feature a combination of modern and medieval language: “Thine eyes are cute too” and “I’d feel so rich in a hut for two.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Thou Swell” for the 1977 album Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart, recorded on Bennett’s on Improv label.
“Thou Swell,” as well as The Complete Improv Recordings, is available from Apple Music.