Sinatra 100th: The Best Performances – 31-29
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…
31 — Street Of Dreams
Music & Lyrics: Victor Young, Sam M. Lewis
Recorded: 18 September 1979
From the album Trilogy
It’s 1979. And Billy May’s still got It. And Frank’s still got it.
They still can Swing…and, boy, so they evah…
30 — The Brooklyn Bridge
Music & Lyrics: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Recorded: 31 October 1946
From the film It Happened In Brooklyn
Released as a Single; included in the compilation albums The Columbia Years 1943-1952: The Complete Recordings, The Best Of The Columbia Years 1943-1952 [4-CD]
A lovely little gem of a film produced this lovely Cahn and Styne song that invokes memories of simpler times and familiar places longed-for.
This is a winsome performance to listen to and delightful to dance to.
29 — A Cottage For Sale
Music & Lyrics: Willard Robison, Larry Conley
Recorded: 26 March 1959
From the album No One Cares
This song is So Goddamn Sad — perhaps the most heartbreaking performance capturing Love lost ever recorded.
I first really listened to and heard this tune when Chuck Berry played it in Hail, Hail, Rock ‘N’ Roll, but Frank’s version is THE definitive one.
Gordon Jenkins starts it off with a funeral-like dirge that perfectly sets the mood. Then Francis Albert comes along and delivers the Eulogy for a Love that has tragically died.
As my Friend In The Ether Steve M. describes this whole, wonderful album…
It’s so dark and brooding it actually changes the weather outside when I play it. From blue skies and sunshine it changes to cold, windy, overcast and wet as soon as I put this LP on!
…so it is, especially, with this song:
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.