‘Strangers in the Night,’ recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1966 for an album of the same name, reached #1 in both the U.S. and the UK. It won three Grammy awards, including Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The album became the most commercially successful in Sinatra’s career.
And yet Ol’ Blue Eyes hated the song. When he was first given the sheet music, he reportedly told his aid “I don’t want to sing this, it’s a piece of shit.”
Today is my father’s 75th birthday, a grand milestone for a grand man!
I’m cheating a bit by not featuring an individual song but instead an entire TV special as today’s SOTD. This is the 1990 celebration Sinatra 75: The Best is Yet to Come, a TV special that combined documentary footage with a live performance by the birthday boy himself.
How about a little Cole Porter to close out your weekend? And not just Cole Porter, but Cole Porter performed by Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, the one and only Frank Sinatra.
This version of ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ the most famous, was orchestrated by Nelson Riddle and is notable for the rousing instrumental crescendo and trombone solo that kick off the song’s second minute.
After trotting out the songs that make us happy yesterday, you might have predicted that today’s installment of the 30 Day Music Challenge would call for ‘A Song That Makes You Sad.’
As a self-professed lover of melancholy music, I have no shortage of songs to choose from today. Many of my favorite artists (think Aimee Mann and Belle & Sebastian) are known for writing sad songs. But I decided to reach back to a classic from well before my time.
OK, now it gets interesting! Welcome to Round Two of Montauk Madness. The 32 artists who survived Round One now advance to face each other in a battle to reach the Sweet Sixteen.
Both Billy Joel and Frank Sinatra cleared Round One without breaking a sweat. Joel received 95% of the vote in a matchup against Michael Penn, while Sinatra picked up 86% against my beloved Tift Merritt.
How will they fare against each other? Continue reading
Last week I defended Bob Dylan’s foray into the music of Frank Sinatra, but today’s random iTunes selection serves as a nice reminder that nobody sings a Sinatra song like Sinatra.
‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ is a Cole Porter tune originally written for the Broadway music Anything Goes. That was in the mid 1930s. Sinatra recorded two studio versions of the song, one in 1953 and one in 1962 (the latter is the version below). Funny that this song was already an oldie when Frank sang it for the first time.
My second favorite album of 1970 is Frank Sinatra’s little-known but no less classic concept album Watertown.
The album tells the tale of a man picking up the pieces after being left by his wife. He raises his two children, earns the sympathy of his neighbors, and quietly tries to win her back. The record ends with him waiting in the rain at a train station, the wife having gone back on her promise to return.