When Sonny Gets Blue: A George Shearing Review


Pianist Marvin Fisher (one-time arranger for Glen Miller) collaborated with another pianist Jack Segal to write “When Sonny Gets Blue”. It was recorded by Nat King Cole back in the 1950’s so it has been around for a long time.


Mel Torme was never a favorite of mine (his voice is a little too effeminate) but in 1987 he and the outstanding pianist George Shearing combined at a winery in California to record the album “A Vintage Year”. The Fisher/Segal song “When Sonny Gets Blue” is well-sung by Torme but it is Shearing’s backing and solo that make their version of this catchy tune and lyric a stand-out. Highly recommended!

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