We start my third year of Battles with “September Song,” written by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson and introduced by Walter Huston in 1938 for the Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday. Wikipedia tells us “The song is an older person’s plea to a younger potential lover that the courting activities of younger suitors and the objects of their desire are transient and time-wasting. As an older suitor, the speaker hasn’t ‘got time for the waiting game.'”
Bing Crosby was one of the first to record the song in 1943, and Frank Sinatra recorded it three times, as a single in 1946, on his 1962 album Point of No Return, and on his 1965 album September of My Years. Here is that version, which isn’t part of today’s battle.
All right, here are the contestants for today’s battle.
CONTESTANT #1: Jimmy Durante Jimmy recorded the song as the title track for his 1963 album of pop standards.
CONTESTANT #2: The Platters The Platters did their version in 1961 for the album Encore of Broadway Golden Hits.
So, which will it be? Durante, or The Platters? Take a moment to listen to both, and let me know in the comments which you prefer. Then, how’s about visiting some of the other participants, who might also be doing battles today?
Tossing It Out
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands *
Your Daily Dose
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
Evil Pop Tart
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting and Editing
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
* Check Stephen’s blog for further updates to this list!
I’ll announce the winner next Thursday, so be sure and vote before then. The lines are now open… best of luck to Schnozzola and The Platters!