Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 40-38
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…
40 — It Had To Be You
Music & Lyrics: Gus Kahn, Isham Jones
Recorded: 18 July 1979
From the album Trilogy (The Past)
The voice is burnt and sometimes it breaks roughly, but that ends up creating an added poignancy to this lovely performance.
Mark Steyn’s take on it and a history of it’s conception can be found here.
Just more proof that Frank still had ‘It’ in his later years [when he wanted to, that is].
39 — We’ll Meet Again
Music & Lyrics: Charles Hugh, Ross Parker Clarke
Recorded: 14 June 1962
From the album Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain
One of those songs that meant so much to the American, Canadian, Australian, and, especially, the British Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of World War II, this tune is marvelous balance of emotions
I’m glad Frank waited to record this song until he was nearing fifty because his performance offers an interpretation that is different than Vera Lynn’s iconic WWII version, one that was needed if We’ll Meet Again was not going to be regarded as a tune that fits but in one age. Francis Albert brings on the wistful, the reflective, and the Romantically Nostalgic feelings of older lovers parting, much as Kris Kristofferson’s For The Good Times does. That Frank’s voice is tired and run-down after having completed am extensive world tour in 1962 adds greatly to the lovely mood created.
38 — Autumn Leaves
Music & Lyrics: Johnny Mercer, Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prevert
Recorded: 10 April 1957
From the album Where Are You?
Love. Love lost. You look out the window and give a sad sigh, a single tear welling in your eye. You take a sip of whiskey, look out some more as the sun sets…and you heave a sad sigh. And it’s not as bad as it could be because…Frank understands.
Pundette has a live version here.
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.