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#Sinatra100: It Was A Very Good Year

18 December 2015 @ 21:24

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Indeed, it was — and that’s an understatement in my case.

I had a real mothery time celebrating the 100th Birth Year of Francis Albert Sinatra.  And I hope you enjoyed it too.

It all began on 19 January with the start of a Countdown of Sinatra’s 100 Best Performances, continued with his Top Ten Albums, and concluded with a real gas of a Birthday Celebration on his B-Day, 12 December.

But I wasn’t alone, nor first, in celebrating the Life and Living Legacy of The Chairman Of The Board.

Pundette kicked it all off on 3 January [and even started a special website to contain the year-long party] with a Countdown of her Favorite Frank Songs [check out her right-hand column for her Hot 100 List].

Mark Steyn followed the next day by posting his interviews with the great Sammy Cahn and then began counting down his 100 Sinatra Songs Of The Century:

SINATRA CENTURY
at SteynOnline

1) IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR

2) THE SONG IS YOU

3) HOME ON THE RANGE

4) AFTER YOU’VE GONE

5) IT HAD TO BE YOU

6) THE ONE I LOVE (BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE)

7) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME

8) STARDUST

9) MY FUNNY VALENTINE

10) WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?

11) CHICAGO

12) THE CONTINENTAL

13) ALL OF ME

14) WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE

15) NIGHT AND DAY

16) I WON’T DANCE

17) I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN

18) SOUTH OF THE BORDER

19) EAST OF THE SUN (AND WEST OF THE MOON)

20) ON THE ROAD TO MANDALAY

21) A FOGGY DAY (IN LONDON TOWN)

22) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU

23) I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU

24) OUR LOVE

25) ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL

26) I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN

27) FOOLS RUSH IN

28) MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE

29) EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME

30) I’LL BE SEEING YOU

31) THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT

32) I’LL BE AROUND

33) THE NEARNESS OF YOU

34) PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

35) BLUES IN THE NIGHT

36) GUESS I’LL HANG MY TEARS OUT TO DRY

37) NANCY (WITH THE LAUGHING FACE)

38) SOMETHIN’ STUPID

39) YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG

40) I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU VERY WELL (EXCEPT SOMETIMES)

41) SOLILOQUY

42) THE COFFEE SONG

43) I CONCENTRATE ON YOU

44) HOW ABOUT YOU?

45) THE HOUSE I LIVE IN

46) LUCK BE A LADY

47) WE’LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN

48) (AH, THE APPLE TREES) WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG

49) I HAVE DREAMED

50) WHY TRY TO CHANGE ME NOW?

51) I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING

52) YOUNG AT HEART

53) THE GAL THAT GOT AWAY

54) BAUBLES, BANGLES AND BEADS

55) IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING

56) LEARNIN’ THE BLUES

57) THE TENDER TRAP

58) STARS FELL ON ALABAMA

59) WITCHCRAFT

60) EBB TIDE

61) COME FLY WITH ME

62) ANGEL EYES

63) JUST IN TIME

64) I COVER THE WATERFRONT

65) NICE ‘N’ EASY

66) OL’ MACDONALD

67) FLY ME TO THE MOON

68) AUTUMN LEAVES

69) IT’S ALL RIGHT WITH ME

70) MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT

71) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE

72) WE’LL GATHER LILACS

73) I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU

74) THE END OF A LOVE AFFAIR

75) THE BEST IS YET TO COME

76) THIS IS ALL I ASK

77) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

78) MOON LOVE

79) ME AND MY SHADOW

80) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA

81) QUIET NIGHTS OF QUIET STARS

82) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE

83) SOME ENCHANTED EVENING

84) MY WAY

85) SEND IN THE CLOWNS

86) SOMETHING

87) THEME FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK

88) BANG BANG (MY BABY SHOT ME DOWN)

89) GOODY GOODY

90) TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS

91) THE LADY IS A TRAMP

92) PICK YOURSELF UP

93) TIME AFTER TIME

94) YOU’D BE SO EASY TO LOVE

95) MACK THE KNIFE

96) BODY AND SOUL

97) HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

98) THAT’S LIFE

99) PUT YOUR DREAMS AWAY

100) ONE FOR MY BABY

[Mark recently posted a three-part special, entitled The Song Is You.  It’s full of interviews with many of the composers who wrote songs Frank sang and much music:

PART I   —   PART II   —   PART III ]

A short while later, Ms. Evi began a swingin’ party over at her joint that swung all over Frank’s place.  She had all the hep cats and feline-fatals joining in the festivities [I can’t find a list of all she’s posted].

I spent these past twelve months exploring the works of Mr. S. more deeply than ever had before and ‘discovered’ many great things I had missed in the preceding decades.

I also managed to become a budding Sinatraphile — someone always on the hunt for the best masterings of his music.  Some significant denarii later, I have no regrets [even Mrs. B. has stopped telling me I’ve spent too much on it all].

I’ve also made some new acquaintances along the way and discovered that some of my Friends In The Ether are Sinatra Fans, so here’s to that band:

@TomFergusNH @wjjhoge @DonSurber
@jeannebodine @klva99 @DanRiehl
@joethefatman1 @KShaidle @Blazingcatfur
@model217 @Mthomps016 @cherryblossom06
@DrumMadw2 @TenquidOK @DinahLord
@andrewsiff @bayareahausfrau
@CinchReview @Doobydoobydo @jcorrado19
@AaronWorthing @Real_Dr_Roy
@vermontaigne @KingShamus @PaulaDuvall2
@AmPowerBlog @bettiwettiwoo @MuseumTwenty
@Thatsalrighty @meathouse60005
@MaroonedInMarin @HarrietBaldwin
@smitty_one_each @thatMrGguy
@FAUSTA @teresamerica @joemalone9
@TheWeeHours @auleciems @saminhim

SPECIAL MENTION: One of my biggest supporters
was Monica Lewis [aka: @SongBirdMonica] who was
a jazz singer, film actress, most famous as
the voice of Chiquita Banana.
She passed away on 12 June and I want to dedicate
my 100 Best Performances Countdown to her memory.

I could not have done all I did to celebrate without the encouragement of Mrs. B., Mark Steyn, Jill [aka: Pundette], and Evi.  Thanks, gang.

The Sinatra Wiki was very, very helpful and I thank them.

In the course of my research, I discovered two forums for Sinatra Lovers that ended-up providing much inspiration and crucial information that enlightened me and flavored all my celebratory postings.

-A Ring-A-Ding-Ding ‘Thank You’ to Nancy Sinatra [thanks for the Follow] for running the Sinatra Family Forum and for her kind words to me.  Also, to Chuck Granata who infuses the forums on the site with his enthusiasm for the artistry of Frank Sinatra and the generous time he spends explaining to us how the wonderful masterings he’s produced came together and the thinking behind the choices made in their creation [the latest, which is just marvelous, can be found here].

-A Very Special Thank You to Mastering Meister Steve Hoffman for running and maintaining his Forum, and providing valuable insights into how Sinatra’s recordings were achieved technically.  He is, like Chuck Granata, is one of the most conscientious people in the mastering business, a man who greatly respects the artists and their works.

My successful flight through the rarefied air of Sinatra’s Legacy would not have happened without the following people who helped me navigate, and who became my newest Friends In The Ether:

Matt Lutthans, Bob In Boston [aka: Bob F], Martin Melucci, Paul Mock [not the Paul Turtle Soup], Ronald Sarbo, DmitriK, SimonA, and the rest of the gang over at Steve’s joint.

Check out Matt’s incredible site for detailed information on the best Sinatra Masterings.  The time and effort he has, and continues to, put into it is much appreciated by everyone who explores it.  And it helps that he’s one heckuva Human Being.

Bob F is a walking, talking, posting encyclopedia of Frank Knowledge and another generous fellow.

And check out this interview with Martin [and Chuck Granata] talking about the Voice On Air box set — fascinating stuff.

Well, this celebration is ended, but the Frankie lingers on…

As Carol Burnett used to sing at the end of each one of her shows:

I’m so glad we had this time together
Just to have a laugh or sing a song
Seems we just get started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say: ‘So long’…

Goodnight Everybody…it was a Real Gas.

 

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