Sunday, July 5, 2015

#49: "A sarcastic love song"

According to the author of Mark Steyn's American Songbook, that's what composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Dorothy Fields called it. This recording is from Sinatra's awesome 1961 album Ring-a-Ding-Ding!, arranged by Johnny Mandel:

Sometimes I think Frank was at his vocal peak in 1961 - jazzy, rhythmic, elegant, carefree, and in perfect voice -- but he does so many great things later, and earlier, that I guess I should only say that he was surely in the zone when he recorded Ring-a-Ding-Ding!

Here's Fred and Ginger's take from Swing Time, my favorite Astaire-Rogers musical. You'll notice Frank didn't use most of the lyrics that were sung in the film, which is a pity:

In his must-have book linked above Mark Steyn writes:
This one's a keeper -- more and more recordings every year. If you want a fun one, try Marilyn Monroe's, of all people. (p 25)
So I did, and it is --

Wow! I had no idea!

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