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Night and Day: 01/30/09

Malcolm at Pop Culture Dish wants us to think of our favorite old school covers. Old School he's defining as made before 1999. That's an easy answer for me: "Night and Day" composed by Cole Porter. It debuted in the Gay Divorce in 1932 and has been covered dozens of times since then.

I grew up on the popular music of the 1920s-40s because my father is a fan and he always chose the music at dinner. Cole Porter's music was always in the mix but I didn't really sit up and pay attention until the U2 cover in 1990. My dad started to tease me when he caught me singing "Night and Day". Me being a typical stubborn teenager, I tried to blow him off. He smugly went to his collection of 78s, cranked up the machine and started to play a much older version of the song. Thus began my love of Cole Porter's music from any era.

Although I still love the U2 cover, my favorite version is the duet sung by John Barroman and Kevin Kline in Delovely (2004).

I'll close with two videos: The U2 cover and the Eddy Duchin & His Central Park Casino Orchestra version recorded for Brunswick on December 7, 1932.

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Comment #1: Friday, January, 30, 2009 at 15:42:51


Oh wow! I stumbled upon your blog via Entrecard and couldn't believe my eyes - U2's Night and Day?! That is definitely one of my favourite covers of all time. Bono's cover of Frank Sinatra's I've Got You Under My Skin is probably up there too, but this particular cover of Night and Day is emotionally haunting - I love it. Most people (outside of U2 fans) hardly know it exists. Thanks for sharing it! :)

Comment #2: Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:13:15


You're right, Bono's Sinatra cover is good too. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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