For the 45th song of the year I’m playing Ton Bennett’s I Left My Heart in San Francisco, dating from 1953. Tony Bennett said of the song, “that song helped make me a world citizen. It allowed me to live, work and sing in any city on the globe. It changed my whole life.” Since the first recording it has been recorded by hundreds of artists, and it’s worth mentioning comedian Steven Allen’s parody, I Left My Nose in San Diego!
Song 40:365 is Cole Porter’s song True Love, introduced in the musical High Society in 1956 by Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby. True Love is also the name of a yacht on which two of the characters in The Philadelphia Story, on which the musical was based, and it was the name of Crosby’s yacht.
Song 36:365 is When I Fall in Love, written by Victor Young and Edward Heyman in 1952 in the film One Minute to Zero. The first hit version was recorded by Doris Day in 1952, but perhaps the most famous version is Nat King Cole’s 1956 recording. In 1996 Nat King Cole’s daughter recorded a “duet” with her late father, using his original recording. This won the 1996 Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Song 20:365 is Nat King Cole’s Mona Lisa. Dating from 1950, this song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and featured in the film Captain Carey, U.S.A. I hope you enjoy my version of this classic.
Today’s song was written Jay Livingston and Ray Evans and was first performed in the 1950 film The Lemon Drop Kid by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell. The first recorded version of Silver Bells was released in the same year by Bing Crosby.
Apparently it was originally written as “Tinkle Bells”, and it wasn’t until Jay Livingston let his wife hear it that he found out that “tinkle” has another meaning!
Today’s Christmacious tune is Santa Baby, written in 1953 by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. It was first recorded by Eartha Kitt in the same year and has since been covered by many singers including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande. A modified version of the song featured on Michael Bublé’s 2011 Christmas album in which he addressed Santa as “Santa buddy” and “Santa pally”.
Today is Thanksgiving in the US and this song came up on a Thanksgiving playlist so I thought it would be appropriate to play today. It’s Irving Berlin’s Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep) and comes from the film White Christmas, performed by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. It was nominated for Best Song in the Academy Awards in 1955 but was defeated by Three Coins In The Fountain.
It’s with great sadness that I recorded this song today following the horrendous attacks last night. I Love Paris was written by Cole Porter in 1953. Paris, nous t’aimons plus fort que jamais…
I’ve combined today’s recording with some video footage I filmed in Paris last summer as a tribute to my favourite city.
This beautiful song dates from 1952 when it was first recorded by Sue Thompson and soon after by Patti Page. You Belong To Me has subsequently been recorded by many artists, including Michael Bublé, Carla Bruni, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Vonda Shepherd and Rod Stewart. It’s actually Ben Taylor’s version which I’ve been listening to recently which made me decide to play the song today.