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I Wanna Be Around
by Tony Bennett
(Rewind to 1962)

Purely coincidentally, I'm delighted to have found the following on the internet, giving a little background to today's venture outside the Seventies. And it couldn't be much more up-to-date, in its own way (regarding the date shown for the 'Song of the Day' feature that blogger Suzanne runs in her online journal "The Year Of Tony Bennett" - published only nine days ago!):


The song of the day for Monday, January 9th 2017 is "I Wanna Be Around".

About This Song

Today's song, "I Wanna Be Around", was written in 1959 by Johnny Mercer and Sadie Vimmerstedt. The story of "I Wanna Be Around" is legendary in the music business. Sadie Vimmerstedt, who lived in Youngstown, Ohio, was a big fan of Johnny Mercer's music. She wrote the opening line "I want to be around to pick up the pieces, when somebody breaks yours heart" and felt it sounded like a Johnny Mercer song. She mailed a letter to 'Johnny Mercer, Songwriter, New York'. The post office forwarded the letter to "ASCAP" ("American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers"), who got the letter to Mercer. Mercer wrote the melody himself and completed the lyrics for "I Wanna Be Around" in 1959 and asked Tony Bennett to record it, which he did in 1962. Mercer gave 50% of the profits to Ms Vimmerstedt, which made her a wealthy woman and enabled her to retire and travel the world. It is one of the great songs in the "American Songbook".


The song eventually reached No. 14 in the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in March 1963, after a November 1962 release. Neither the single, nor the album sharing that name, featured in the UK at all.
1962 - Columbia - United States - From the album "I Wanna Be Around".
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Rewind to 1962 Stepping outside the Seventies for a while.......
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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