Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sinatra Centenary kickoff: #100

Happy 2015! I hope it will be a very good year for you. We've got twelve whole months to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra, who was born, quite conveniently for our purposes, near the end of the year, on December 12, 1915. Let's kick it off with a party song. 

In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael:

That was arranged by Nelson Riddle and recorded in 1964. You can purchase the track from Amazon here.

My plan is to post two songs a week until the end of the year, counting up to my #1 favorite.

*Please note that this list is not intended to be an objective "Sinatra's 100 Greatest Hits," but merely a list of my personal favorite recordings. I'm certain that it will omit some of your favorites, but . . . that's life. I've got to do it my way. (Neither one of those made the cut.) I'd get a kick out of seeing your lists, either in the comments or posted on your own sites.

**I'm going to post videos whenever possible, but they may go away sooner or later as they disappear from YouTube. I'll try to identify the recording by year, by a link to the track on Amazon, or in some other way. Sinatra did multiple recordings of many songs so identifying a specific recording can be confusing. Wikipedia has a great list here which includes the dates of the various recordings.

***Mark Steyn features this song in his great Johnny Mercer tribute podcast, a must-listen for all Mercer, Sinatra, and American Songbook fans. I've got a hard copy for the car. Like my Sinatra top-100, it has held up well to multiple listenings.