1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Anywhere I Wander recorded by Tony Bennett with orchestra directed by Percy Faith,
background vocals by the Ray Charles Singers
Written by Frank Loesser
Recorded: August 26, 1951, on Columbia records #48153
The glowing intensity of Tony Bennett’s vocal artistry was never on better display than in this intriguing, without-you-my-heart-will-have-no-home, lyrical ballad. The Ray Charles Singers (not to be confused with Ray Charles, the great soul singer of the same name) open this record with a dramatic flourish. Anywhere I Wander was written for the 1952 film ‘Hans Christian Andersen’ and performed in the film by Danny Kaye. A recording of the song by Mel Torme appeared in the top-forty in 1952 and Julius LaRosa’s version made the top-ten in 1953. Tony Bennett’s convincing, stylish version made the song spring to life, but unfortunately, it did not place in the top-forty. He did have a remarkable string of #1 hits in the fifties including Because of You, Cold, ColdHeart, and Rags to Riches; he flooded show tunes like his hit recording of Stranger in Paradise, with warmth and spontaneity; but his expressive, top-flight single of the 50s Anywhere I Wander is rarely heard.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam Till I'm in the arms of my Darling again My heart will find no home"