Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Well… 2015 is coming to a close. I hope it has been a year filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable experiences for everyone. For my final TuneBack of 2015, I have one question (well, actually Ella Fitzgerald does)… “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”
Let’s take a listen to this incredible voice as we reflect on the past year.
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1960
TRIVIA: Originally written in 1947 by Frank Loesser as an independent song—not written for a particular movie or musical. It first charted for The Orioles, peaking at No. 9 on Billboard‘s Best-Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues chart in December 1949. Other charted versions include Danté & The Evergreens (No. 107 on Billboard‘s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles in December 1960) and Nancy Wilson (No. 17 on Billboard‘s Christmas Singles chart in December 1965 and No. 24 on the same chart in December 1967).
It has been recorded by many other artists, including Margaret Whiting in 1947, Dick Haymes & the Les Paul Trio in 1947, Spike Jones in 1956, Ella Fitzgerald in 1960, Ramsey Lewis in 1961, Lena Horne in 1966, King Curtis in 1968, Johnny Mathis in 1969, The Carpenters in 1978 (released in 1984), Patti LaBelle in 1990, Andy Williams in 1990, The Stylistics in 1992, Harry Connick, Jr. in 1993, Carol Sloane in 1994, The Whispers in 1994, The Persuasions in 1997, Donny Osmond in 1999, Barbra Streisand in 2001, Barry Manilow and Lee Ann Womack in 2002, Clay Aiken in 2004, Diana Krall in 2005, Bette Midler in 2006, Mindy Smith in 2007, Ledisi in 2008, Chicago and Deana Martin in 2011.
In 2012, Rod Stewart recorded the song as a “virtual duet” with Ella Fitzgerald for his first holiday album, Merry Christmas, Baby.
See you next Tuesday and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!