Song of the Day, March 30: It’s All Right With Me by Crystal Gayle
March 30, 2016 Leave a comment
Today’s song is a delightful surprise. Cole Porter wrote It’s All Right With Me in 1953 for Can-Can, and Peter Cookson sang the original version. Porter liked the song enough to retool it for High Society three years later. Classic Porter, it ponders the attraction of an unexpected beau, with the singer deciding to make the most of an opportunity. They may not be the lips of the true love, “but they’re such tempting lips” that it must be all right indeed.
The song became a standard, adapted by dozens of singers. Then, in 1977, producer Allen Reynolds crafted a startling new take when working with Crystal Gayle on her masterpiece We Must Believe In Magic. Kicking up the energy and adding a honky-tonk feel, Reynolds and Gayle made the song their own. Her vocal is flawless, drawing on Nat “King” Cole and Ella Fitzgerald’s fun reading with just the right dash of country charm. It’s the kind of unexpected genius that makes the album such a fun listen.
Enjoy this amazing reinvention today.
BONUS: Gayle performed the song live for television in 1978. This version lacks the honky-tonk fun, but shows off her wonderful voice (and adds a fun reed element).