Song of the Day #2081

Song of the Day: I’m Playing the Field features the words and music of Steve Allen, who was born on this date in 1921. Allen was the original host of “The Tonight Show” (1954-1957). Much more than that, he was a multitalented artist—a comedian, composer, musician, and actor (most notably in the title role of the 1956 film, “The Benny Goodman Story“). This song was originally written for a 1956 television musicial production, “The Bachelor“, but it’s sung here in swinging style by Steve Lawrence on the first installment of “Steve Allen’s Music Room” in 1983 (in which he appeared along with his wife, singer Eydie Gorme). With a wonderful band led by vibraphonist Terry Gibbs and with Allen on percussion, check out this live performance on YouTube. An earlier version was recorded by Andy Williams in 1956 [YouTube].

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