The song of the day for Saturday, February 29, 2020, is “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road).”
About This Song
“One For The Road” was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the 1943 film The Sky’s The Limit, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire. Harold Arlen called this song one of his “tapeworms” as at 48 bars, it was longer than the standard 32 bar popular song. Alec Wilder, in American Popular Song, says that “the honors must go the lyric. Just imagine having the acuity and courage to start a song, as Mercer does, with “It’s a quarter to three”!
About This Version
Tony Bennett performed “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)” at the White House Concert, 1962, at the invitation of President John Kennedy. The album Bennett/Brubeck: The White Sessions, Live 1962 captured the sets by Dave Brubeck and Tony Bennett, as well as improv session.
“One For My Baby (And One More For the Road),” as well as Bennett/Brubeck: The White Sessions, Live 1962, is available from iTunes.