Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 52-50
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…
52 — TIE
The Good Life
Music & Lyrics: Sacha Distel, Jack Reardon
Recorded: 10 June 1964
From the album It Might As Well Be Swing
Hey, baby, The Chairman’s trying to teach you something here and you’d better listen real close.
I Could Have Danced All Night
Music & Lyrics: Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe
Recorded: 23 December 1958
From the album Come Dance With Me
Conventional, with a dash of ho-hum at the beginning, what makes this performance great is the way he starts swingin’ it half-way through. I wonder of Frank planned it this: lull us into thinking he’s just giving this conventional song from My Fair Lady the conventional treatment so we think it’s going to be a very-good-but-nothing-special recording and then he pulls a Law & Order Twist on us, showing that he can swing anything.
51 — Learnin’ The Blues
Music & Lyrics: Delores Silvers
Recorded: 23 March 1955
Released as a Single; included in the compilation albums This Is Sinatra, The Capitol Collectors Series, The Capital Years [3-CD], and The Complete Capitol Singles
Hey…if you’re going to be blue because of the gal that got away, at least be jaunty about it. Life goes on, man — lesson learned, pally.
50 — Luck Be A Lady
Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser
Recorded: 25 July 1963
From the compilation albums A Man And His Music, My Kind Of Broadway, Sinatra ’65, The Reprise Collection, and The Very Best Of The Rat Pack
Another case of Ol’ Blue Eyes taking an ‘okay’ song and turning it into a Standard.
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.