The song of the day for January 19, 2020, is “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road).”
About This Song
“One For My Baby (And One More 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 sang “One For My Baby” to close out Act One of his concert at Carnegie Hall. The entire concert was recorded and released in 1962 on Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall.
“One For My Baby (And One More For the Road),” as well as Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall, is available from iTunes.