FROM THE ARCHIVE 262 -1962-

“Tonight” is a popular song with music written by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and was published in 1956.

It was introduced in the Broadway musical West Side Story. The song was revived in 1961 on single records in versions by Ferrante & Teicher (#8 pop, #2 easy listening) and Eddie Fisher, whose version narrowly missed the Top 40. Shirley Bassey recorded the song in 1962, where it peaked at #21 on the UK charts, becoming the only recording of this song to chart on the UK charts. Jay and the Americans also released a cover version of the song. Andy Williams released a version on his 1962 album, Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes. Sergio Franchi recorded the song in his 1963 RCA Records Red Seal album, Broadway, I Love You. We Five released the song on their 1966 album, You Were on My Mind.

Many of the pieces in “West Side Story” experiment with different melodic tricks. This song is notable for its prominent perfect fourth intervals, and a theme that starts on a pentatonic scale but develops into a western key.

Jenna Ushkowitz sang the song on Glee, on the episode Preggers. The song also was a plot device in the episode. When Tina (Ushkowitz) gets the part, Rachel (Lea Michele) says that she thought all West Side Story material goes to herself, also with both her and Natalie Wood being Jewish. At the end, when Tina still gets the song, Rachel quits Glee Club to star as Sally Bowles in the school production of Cabaret. Tonight was featured again in the fifth episode of the third season of the show, “The First Time,” this time sung by Lea Michele and Darren Criss.

Gloria Estefan recorded the song with Dave Grusin from the album “Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story” (1997).
(From Wikipedia)

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Tonight, tonight, won’t be just any night,
Tonight there will be no morning star
Tonight, tonight, I’ll see my love tonight.
And for us, stars will stop where they are.

Today the minutes seem like hours,
The hours go so slowly,
And still the sky is light

Oh moon, grow bright,
And make this endless day endless night!
Tonight

The hours go so slowly,
And still the sky is light

Oh moon, grow bright,
And make this endless day endless night!
Tonight

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2 thoughts on “FROM THE ARCHIVE 262 -1962-”

  1. ANOTHER GREAT ARCHIVE PIETER FROM 1962, as i commented in Archive 261 , Loved the B Side LETS START ALL OVER AGAIN , but as you say it was a DOUBLE A RELEASE,
    MANY THANKS,, LOVE ALL THE INFORMATION FROM THE N.M.E.,,
    THE DISC, Etc MUSIC PAPERS OF THE TIME OF THE 60s

    DENNIS , JERSEY C.I

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