Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 94-92
Here at TCOTS, we’re celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday by counting down what I think are his 100 best performances on Vinyl and CD. All of the songs on the List have been released on either one or both mediums. Interspersed with the countdown will be Honorable Mentions that didn’t make the List and a countdown of what I think are his best albums.
Francis Albert will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.
So sit back easy in your easy chair, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s take off in the blue…
94 — SHOULD I
Music & Lyrics: Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed
Recorded: 14 April 1950
Released as a Single; included in the compilation album Swing And Dance With Frank Sinatra
It’s 1950 and Frank’s moving towards a new sound, one that will come to full fruition when he signs-on with Capital Records and has more freedom [and is far, far away from the execrable Mitch Miller]. But this arrangement is clearly rooted in the Late Swing Era and makes you want to jump in a rumble seat with your best girl and get a malted milk with two straws.
93 — OLD DEVIL MOON
Music & Lyrics: Erwin ‘Yip’ Harburg, Burton Lane
Recorded: 16 January 1956
From the album Songs For Swingin’ Lovers
I’ve heard this song described a ‘lilting swing’ and I think that is spot-on. It lilts for a bit and then the lilt and the swing dance close for awhile. And then you’re smoothly sailing along on that magic carpet ride and — swoosh — you’re at jet speed. Finally, things slow down again in a smooth descent and you glide home — with the old devil moon still in her eyes
92 — ME AND MY SHADOW
Music & Lyrics: Billy Rose, Al Jolson, Dave Dreyer
Recorded: 22 October 1962
Released as a Single; included in the compilation album The Reprise Collection
One of only two songs on this list where Frank is joined by another vocalist, this is one of the few Sammy Davis, Jr. recordings I can listen to without getting a headache [one of the other few, believe it or not, is the Theme To Baretta]. It was much easier to take The Wham Of Sam live — he was made for the stage [and screen].
See you next Friday as we head-off again to Bobsville.
Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown
& Mark Steyn’s.
It’s a swingin’ world.
If you’re having trouble tracking down any of the performances on this List, contact me at Robert[dot]Belvedere[at]gmail[dot]com and I might be able to help you.