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You are the song (1932)
The song, written in 1932 with the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II for the musical comedy Opera in the Air, was first performed by an Italian actor and then very popular in the USA: Tullio Carminati (1895-1971). The first record version was also released in 1932 by Jack Denny's Orchestra and played by a certain Paul Small, a popular singer in those years whose tracks have been lost.
The album was quite successful in sales, but in the following years the song was forgotten. It was not until the beginning of the 1940s, thanks to the recovery of some very popular orchestras like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Claude Thornhill and especially thanks to the performance of Frank Sinatra with the orchestra of Alex Stordahl in 1942, that the song again enjoyed great popularity.
In the following rare videoclip you can see the singer performing the song in 1943, in the middle of a war, in front of a military audience accompanied by an orchestra of seamen. In 1958 Frank Sinatra released a new, "more modern" version with the Billy May Orchestra, which is included on the famous CD "Come and Dancing with Me".
This renewed popularity of the song has led many musicians to create different versions, especially instrumental versions, which make the song the norm. Let's start with Charlie Parker, who recorded an overwhelming version in 1952, accompanied only by the rhythms of Max Roach, Hank Jones and Teddy Kotick, the singer being accompanied by the trumpet of Booker Little, the tenorax of Yusef Lateef, the euphonium of Bernard McKinney and the "rhythm session" par excellence, the first quintet of Miles Davis with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb.
A vocal version that clearly differs from that of Sinatra and is just as extraordinary. A version that is given a very special touch by the individual interventions of the soloists, combined with the typical arrangement of the western coasts by Jimmy Giuffre. Another artist who has often played The Song is You in recent years is Keith Jarrett with his threesome in various concerts dealing with norms.
The track, in a much longer version, is also included on the double CD Still live, which was recorded a few weeks earlier in Munich during the same tour, and is regarded by several critics as one of the best moments of the album. Wynton Marsalis in his 1987 Marsalis Standard Time Vol. 1 also dedicates himself to this song with his quartet, thus demonstrating his extraordinary talent for improvised creativity.
The first is that of a very popular singer Nicola Arigliano, who died in 2010 at the age of 87, one of the few Italian "Crooners" she released at the tender age of 79 in 2002 on the album My Name is Pasquale, accompanied by a group of Italian jazz musicians. where the piece is accompanied with great momentum by four talented musicians: Nico Menci on bass, Nico Menci on pianoforte, David Brillante on guitar, Stefano Senni on bass and Vttorio Sicbaldi on drums, who not only accompany the performance with their interventions, but enrich it.