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Sinatra 100th: Best Performances – Honorable Mentions 03

26 April 2015 @ 21:27

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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, but, as promised, we’re also celebrating those tracks [‘Honorable Mentions’] that just didn’t make the List.

As with the 100 Best, Francis Albert will be your pilot and Bobby Bell your navigator.

So sit back easy in your easy chair, pour yourself your favorite libation, and let’s go for an aural ride to the stars…

Frank had a musical life outside of his marvelous albums, so here are some of his singles…

HM09 — How Little We Know (1956)

Music & Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer
Recorded: 05 April 1956
Released as a Single; included in the compilation albums This Is Sinatra Volume II, The Capitol Collectors Series, The Capital Years [3-CD] and The Complete Capitol Singles

This version is guaranteed to touch-off your tingle…

HM10 — Mr. Success

Music & Lyrics: Frank Sinatra, Hank Sanicola, Edwin Greines
Recorded: 11 September 1958
Released as a Single; included in the compilation albums Sinatra Sings…Of Love And Things, The Complete Capitol Singles

Just Mrs. B’s head on my chest / And I’m Mr. Success…

HM11 — The Look Of Love

Music & Lyrics: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
Recorded: 27 August 1962
Released as a Single; included in the compilation albums Softly As I Leave You, Seduction, and The Complete Capitol Singles

The only flaw in this song is contained in this line: ‘I’ve seen the look of a FAT MAN having dinner’ — this was one of those times when Frank really didn’t need to make a phrase sound like what it is.

HM12 — The Second Time Around (1960)

Music & Lyrics: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
Recorded: 21 December 1960
Released as a Single; included in the compilation album The Reprise Collection [4-CD] and as a bonus track on a CD edition of Ring-A-Ding-Ding.

As someone who found True Love this way, I can assure you there’s a lot of wisdom here.

See you next time when we’ll take another short helicopter-hop 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. 28 April 2015 @ 07:29 07:29

    “How Little We Know” — that part about the world shattering just shatters me. 🙂

  2. 29 April 2015 @ 11:50 11:50

    Listened to this finally along with the proceeding post. More good to hear.


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