The Movie Song Album

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The Movie Song Album
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 31, 1966[1]
RecordedSeptember 26, 1965 (#7)
December 14, 1965 (#2, 5, 11)
CBS Studio A, Los Angeles
December 27, 1965 (#1, 8-9)
December 28, 1965 (#3-4, 6)
December 29, 1965 (#10, 12)
CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City
GenreVocal jazz
CL 2472
CS 9272
ProducerErnie Altschuler
Tony Bennett chronology
If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set
The Movie Song Album
A Time for Love
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

The Movie Song Album is a 1966 studio album by Tony Bennett.[3] The album consists of songs from films, opening with the theme from The Oscar, in which Bennett had recently appeared. With this project of such high quality of song material and collaborators, he was to describe the album in his autobiography as his "all time favorite record". [4]

Johnny Mandel was the musical director, and he and Neal Hefti and Quincy Jones arranged and conducted their own compositions on the album. Luiz Bonfá played the guitar on his two songs, "Samba de Orfeu" and "The Gentle Rain". The pianists Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Rowles and Lou Levy all collaborated, each on one song.

Bennett's recording of "The Shadow of Your Smile" won Mandel and Paul Francis Webster the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1966, and Bennett performed the song at the 38th Academy Awards, where it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Maybe September" (from The Oscar) (Ray Evans, Percy Faith, Jay Livingston) – 4:03
  2. "Girl Talk" (from Harlow) (Neal Hefti, Bobby Troup) – 3:14
  3. "The Gentle Rain" (from The Gentle Rain) (Luiz Bonfá, Matt Dubey) – 2:12
  4. "Emily" (from The Americanization of Emily) (Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer) – 3:25
  5. "The Pawnbroker" (from The Pawnbroker) (Quincy Jones, Jack Lawrence) – 3:08
  6. "Samba de Orfeu" (from Black Orpheus) (Bonfá) – 2:08
  7. "The Shadow of Your Smile" (from The Sandpiper) (Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:38
  8. "Smile" (from Modern Times) (Charlie Chaplin, Geoffrey Claremont Parsons, John Turner) – 3:34
  9. "The Second Time Around" (from High Time) (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:44
  10. "Days of Wine and Roses" (from Days of Wine and Roses) (Henry Mancini, Mercer) – 2:58
  11. "Never Too Late" (from Never Too Late) (Evans, Livingston, Rose) – 3:25
  12. "The Trolley Song" (from Meet Me in St. Louis) (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 2:35




  1. ^ Tony
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ The Movie Song Album at AllMusic
  4. ^ Bennett, The Good Life, pp. 186-87.