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Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 64-62

10 April 2015 @ 19:14

Ring-A-Ding-Ding, everybody!

Sinatra100th-Logo-009-250gxHere 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…

64 — Imagination

Music & Lyrics: Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
Recorded: 01 May 1961
From the album I Remember Tommy

Cool and sentimental at the same time [‘Cool Sentimentality’?], like The Way You Look Tonight, this recording finds Frank trying to sell us on the joys of Love and Romance.  Sold.

63 — I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)

Music & Lyrics: Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster
Recorded: 26 November 1956
From the album A Swingin’ Affair

Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman’s version simmers with sorrow, Bunny Berigan’s dazzles with desolation, Frank’s sizzles with sadness, but, also, spurns it.

And, I must say, I think Francis S. out dukes The Duke on this one [Bob ducks behind the bar].

62 — Come Fly With Me (1957)

Music & Lyrics: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
Recorded: 08 October 1957
From the album Come Fly With Me

Smooth take-off and landing with this one, unlike the version he re-recorded in 1965 [more on that one in a very future posting — waaay-too-obvious a hint]

BONUS — Come Fly With Me [Live]

Recorded: Late 1950’s
From his television series.

Guarded by babes — Frank led a hard life, I’ll tell ya…

See you next Friday as we head-off again to Bobsville.

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown,
Ms Evi’s Sinatra Celebration,
& Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
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.


  1. 10 April 2015 @ 19:31 19:31

    Once again, excellent choices.

  2. 11 April 2015 @ 09:21 09:21

    Oh, Frank, you are so great. [Sigh]

    Great picks, Bob. I like the later version(s) of “Come Fly With Me” better, too — more Frankified. Also love “I Got It Bad…” Especially the line about the weeping willow lost in the wood. 🙂

  3. michigan permalink
    11 April 2015 @ 10:10 10:10

    I love it. Keep ’em comin’, BB!


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