The song of the day for Sunday, February 16, 2020, is “Small World.”
About This Song
“Small World” was written by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, for the 1959 Broadway musical Gypsy. Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, it tells the story of the mother, Rose, and her two daughters, June and Louise, and her obsession to make it in the vaudeville circuit. The role of Rose was written for Ethel Merman and is one of her finest and most complex roles. “Small World” is sung by Rose and Herbie, who has the misfortune to fall in love with Rose. Gypsy is arguably the best musical ever written and has been revived many times on Broadway.
About This Version
Tony Bennett sang “Small World” live at his performance for President Kennedy in D.C. in 1962. The concert was released in 2013 as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962.
“Small World,” as well as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions 1962, is available from iTunes.