The song of the day for Saturday, March 14, 2020, is “That Old Black Magic.”
About This Song
One of the great songs by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, “That Old Black Magic” was written in 1942 and first recorded by Glenn Miller. It was also used in the 1942 movie Star Spangled Rhythm. It’s been recorded many times and used in several films, including the 1956 film Bus Stop, where it was sung by Marilyn Monroe.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and The Dave Brubeck Trio, which featured Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums, was recorded live on August 28, 1962, on the Mall in the District of Columbia, close to the Washinton Monument. Both artists were invited by President Kennedy to honor that year’s interns. The concert was recorded and released on Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962. Dave Brubeck released the same recording in 2001 on the album Vocal Encounters.
“That Old Black Magic,” as well as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962, is available from iTunes.