Life Is Beautiful

Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire


PROFILE
Composer Fred Astaire
Lyricist Tommy Wolf
Year Written 1974
About Life Is Beautiful
While we all know Astaire as America’s greatest dancer, his career as a songwriter is not nearly as well-known. Songwriting was a love of his, though. His biographer Roy Pickard quotes Astaire on this: “I’m a frustrated songwriter, and would like to have written a musical comedy score. But that’s just about the only think I didn’t get done.” “Life is Beautiful” is not only a very well written song, but achieved great popularity as well, as it became the theme song for the Tonight Show.

Lyrics

What to say
Where to start
I’ll just tell what’s in my heartLife is beautiful
In every way
Life is lovely
As a spring bouquetSince I fell in love with you
Life is like a dream
That has come trueFor life is sunshine
Smiling brightly
On a summer dayLife is rainbows
Chasing all the clouds of gray

Life is beautiful
And fine
But darling,
Only because you’re mine

Session / Album Information

1975

“Life Is Beautiful” was recorded in 1975 and was released on Tony Bennett Sings Life Is Beautiful. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1975: Improv 45: TB711105
  • 1975: Improv 45: TB 711 — Life Is Beautiful / There’ll Be Some Changes Made [Promo]
  • 1975: Improv LP 12″: IMP 7112 — Life Is Beautiful
  • Disky CD: BX 883552 — As Time Goes By
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 2004: Concord CD: PRO-CJ-0081-2 — The Complete Improv Recordings Sampler
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Concord CRE-32955-02 – The Best of the Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #49 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK48) Tony Bennett’s Sings Life Is Beautiful

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