Another Friday, another torch song. This week’s entry, What’s New?, was originally an instrumental composed in 1939 by Bob Haggart; Johnny Burke’s lyrics were commissioned by the music publisher. In this case, the egg came before the chicken or something like that.
The first version of this song I ever heard was by Frank Sinatra. Anyone surprised? I would hope not.
Linda Ronstadt was one of the biggest stars of the 1970’s. She was also a risk taker as illustrated by her work at the peak of her stardom with Nelson Riddle who also arranged and conducted the Sinatra version above.
Finally, the great Dexter Gordon takes the tune back to its roots with an instrumental version.
We have a new closing meme. I think you know who they are: