Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#93: One from the Forties

It's Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies":

(Don't be misled by the image: the song isn't on that album.)

Wikipedia lists only two recordings of "Blue Skies" by Sinatra, both from the 40s, and sure enough I can't find anything later. I'm guessing this is the 1946 version. I wonder why Frank never revisited this classic? How I wish we had a few more takes on it, perhaps a heartfelt treatment a la Bing that implies some clouds on the horizon, or maybe a gently swinging Riddle arrangement in the style of Songs for Swingin' Lovers.

It's got to be one of the greatest songs of all time and more singers have recorded it than you can shake a stick at. Here's one I'm especially fond of:

Chuck Brown could sing.


  1. -You are correct, Jill. This is is the 1946 version, recorded on 30 July.

    -Frank did record a version with Tommy Dorsey in 1941, but it would have been nice, as you say, if he recorded it with Nelson or even had some fun with it with Billy May.

  2. There is a version with Sinatra and Pops taken from a scratchy old record it appears, but still great. On this album: http://www.allmusic.com/album/that-devilin-tune-vol-4-mw0000772153

    It's also on Spotify.

    BTW, loving the countdowns. Thanks!

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