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by mikeconklinmusic


Frank Sinatra

Picking up where we left off…

Sinatra’s  illuminating career was fading by 1950. Perhaps with a little bit of luck, he landed a supporting role in the film From Here to Eternity; his performance earned him an Academy Award. While his film stardom was ascending, Frank had a million-selling record with the tune Young at Heart (1953) — Sinatra was back and better than ever.

His friend Tony Bennett affirms Frank’s new arrival:

The song, Young at Heart, was so tremendously popular that, in 1954, a film that Sinatra was starring in (along side Doris Day) was named after the tune!

Now that Sinatra had regained momentum, he was once again a valuable commodity; consequently, he was signed to a recording contract with Capitol Records. It would be with Capitol Records and their house arranger, Nelson Riddle, where Sinatra would make some of his most memorable music.

An excellent example of their collaboration is the album Songs for Young Lovers.

Date: November 6, 1953
Location: Los Angeles

Frank Sinatra (ldr), Nelson Riddle (conductor, arranger), Frank Sinatra (vocal)

a.11858 Like Someone In Love  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)

b.11859-12I Get A Kick Out Of You  (Cole Porter)

c.12033 Little Girl Blue  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

d.12034 The Girl Next Door  (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)

Capitol LP 10″: W1432 — Songs For Young Lovers   (1954)

Here’s “I Get a Kick Out of You”:

Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle collaborated on nearly twenty albums. He also had the pleasure of working with the incomparable arranger, Billy May. One of their finest records was Come Fly with Me from 1957.

Date: October 8, 1957
Location: Los Angeles

Frank Sinatra (ldr), Billy May (conductor, arranger), Frank Sinatra (vocal)

a.E17696 Blue Hawaii  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)

b.E17697-6 Come Fly With Me  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)

c.E17698 Around The World  (Harold Adamson, Victor Young)

d.E17699 It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)

e.E17700 Brazil  (Ary Barroso, Bob Russell)

Capitol CD: CDP 7 48469 2 — Come Fly With Me

Here’s the tune:

I think this is quintessential Sinatra. His voice has an added roughness and masculinity  that comes with age and experience (remember — he got his start nearly twenty years earlier!) This is a swingin’ tune, sung by one of the best interpreters of American song.