1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Young and Warm and Wonderful recorded by Tony Bennett with orchestra and chorus Written by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer Introduced June 23, 1958, on Columbia records #41172
Tony Bennett’s vocal artistry was on display in the easy-going love song Young and Warm and Wonderful. This popular swinger has his own special way of making its quiet mood spring unforgettably to life, but unfortunately this recording would not place in the top twenty. Popular taste may have caused Tony Bennett’s level of recognition to increase or decrease during the last half-century, but he continued to sing popular standards in his warm, husky tenor voice. He varied his timing and phrasing with a jazz fan’s sense of spontaneity to bring out the melodies and lyrics of the songs effectively. Frank Sinatra said he had “the best pipes in the business.” In 1962 he recorded his signature song I Left My Heart in San Francisco.