The Way You Look Tonight

The Way You Look Tongiht

PROFILE
Composer Jerome Kern
Lyricist Dorothy Fields
Year Written 1936
About The Way You Look Tonight
“The Way You Look Tonight” was introduced by Fred Astaire in the 1936 film Swing Times; the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the year. Dorothy Fields remarked “The first time Jerry played that melody for me I went out and started to cry. The release absolutely killed me. I couldn’t stop, it was so beautiful.” Dorothy Fields was the first woman to win an Oscar for songwriting. It’s a magnificent love song that has found a strong position as a jazz standard, with recordings by Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé and Frank Sinatra.

Lyrics

Someday when I’m awfully low
When the world is cold
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look tonight

Oh, but you’re lovely
With your smile so warm and your cheek so soft
There is nothing for me, but to love you
Just the way you look tonight

With each word your tenderness grows
Tearing my fear apart
And that laugh, that wrinkles your nose
It touches my foolish heart

Lovely, never never change
Keep that breathless charm
Won’t you please arrange it because I, I love you?
Just the way you look tonight
Just the way you look tonight

Session / Album Information

1958

“The Way You Look Tonight” was recorded on April 7, 1958 and released in 1958 on the album Long Ago and Far Away. It was arranged by Frank DeVol.

This recording also released on:

  • 1958: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1186 — Long Ago And Far Away
  • 2011: Disc #12 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Long Ago and Far Away

ca. 1997

“The Way You Look Tonight” was recorded on ca. 1997 with the Ralph Sharon Trio for the film My Best Friend’s Wedding, released in 1997.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #2 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2

2011

“The Way You Look Tonight” with Faith Hill was recorded in 2011 and was released that year on Duets II.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697662532: Duets II
  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697961501: Duets II (LP)
  • 2011: Disc #71 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK69) Duets II
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

2012-1

“The Way You Look Tonight” was recorded in 2012 with Thalia and released on Viva Duets.

This recording released on:

  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88725473102 – Viva Duets
  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765400972 – Viva Duets (Target Release)
  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765402412 – Viva Duets (Deluxe edition)

2012-2

“The Way You Look Tonight” was recorded in 2012 with Thalia, with just a guitar accompaniment. This arrangement was released on the deluxe version of Viva Duets.

This recording released on:

  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765400972 – Viva Duets (Target Release)
  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765402412 – Viva Duets (Deluxe edition)

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