The song of the day for Saturday, February 15, 2020, is “Just In Time.”
About This Song
“Just In Time” was written by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, for the 1956 Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing. The song was introduced by Judy Holliday and Sidney Chaplin. Holliday and Dean Martin sang it in the 1960 film version of Bells Are Ringing.
About This Version
Just a few weeks after his triumphant performance at Carnegie Hall, Tony Bennett was invited by President Kennedy to perform at the White House for the interns whose service had come to an end. In addition to Bennett, The Dave Brubeck Quartet was also invited. The concert was originally to be performed in the Rose Garden, but there was so much interest in the concert that it was moved to the mall by the Washington tower.
Tony Bennett sang “Just In Time” at the White House concert on August 28, 2020, with the Ralph Sharon Trio, featuring Sharon on piano, Hal Gaylord on bass, and Billy Exiner on drums.
Though the entire concert was taped, the tapes had been thought long lost. In fact, it wasn’t until 2012 that they were found–in the Sony/Columbia classical section. Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions was released in May 2013.
“Just In Time,” as well as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions is available from iTunes.