Tony Bennett: I Get Along Without You Very Well

May 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm (jazz, Jim D, music, philosophy, song)

Sadly, Englebert Humperdinck came second to last in the Eurovision Song Contest, leading some to suggest that ballads by ‘old-style’ male singers are a thing of the past. I think not: Englebert’s song was, in truth, not very good. Compare it with this bittersweet masterpiece (of denial) by Hoagy Carmichael, sung by that old master Tony Bennett, accompanied by the (relatively) young master of the piano, Bill Charlap. For once, the lyrics are really worth listening to:

3 Comments

  1. Jim M. said,

    The lyrics may be prosaic by comparison but I have a soft spot for this:

    Boom Boom…

  2. Innocent Abroad said,

    Gorgeous. Thankyou.

    Nonetheless, even if Bennett and the band were Brits, it’s not a Eurovision winner. (Probably too good.) My own suggestion would be Eliza Carthy and Imagined Village (FWIW I think they’re up for it, if a reply to a comment I left on their website is owt to go by) singing something like this

  3. Shabes mixtape « Bob's Beats said,

    [...] Tom Russell: Gallo del Cielo; Original Dixieland Jass Band: Tiger Rag ; Taraf De Haidouks: Tot Taraful; Tony Bennett: I Get Along Without You Very Well. [...]

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