|"The Good Life"|
|Single by Tony Bennett|
|from the album I Wanna Be Around...|
|B-side||"Spring in Manhattan"|
|Recorded||December 19, 1962|
|Studio||Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City|
|Songwriter(s)||Sacha Distel, Jack Reardon|
|Tony Bennett singles chronology|
The song is best known in the English-speaking world as a 1963 recording by Tony Bennett with English lyrics by Jack Reardon. It became a number 18 hit on the U.S. pop singles chart, and rose to number 27 on the UK Singles Chart. "The Good Life" became one of Bennett's staple songs, and was featured on four of his top-selling albums, including 1994's MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett and 2006's Duets: An American Classic, the latter featuring Billy Joel. Bennett also named his 1998 autobiography after the song. As of 2009, he still performs the song live and often jokingly dedicates it to Britney Spears.
In 1973, the song was released by Julius La Rosa as a single 45 record on vinyl, with "Save Me a Song" on side B, on RCA's Victor label. It became a hit at Metromedia radio station WNEW, 1130 on the AM dial, in New York City. And Julius La Rosa was also a disc jockey there, playing his own song. This version of the song had slightly altered lyrics. Uniquely arranged and conducted by Hal Massimino, the biggest change was in the main lyric, where "goodbye" was replaced with "hello."
"The Good Life" was the theme song of the 2000 British gangster film, Gangster No. 1, and it was also employed as a 2007 jingle for a line of pet foods of the same name. The Tony Bennett version also features in the 1988 British feature film Buster, about the criminals responsible for the 1963 Great Train Robbery in Buckinghamshire. A Julie London rendition was used by British Airways in its 2008 promotion of the new London Heathrow Terminal 5 facility.
- Sacha Distel (1962)
- Tony Bennett (1963)
- The Drifters (1965)
- Julius La Rosa (1973)
- Sacha Distel and Dionne Warwick (2004)
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