Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#26: A Cole Porter song that's oh so easy to love

As throughout Ring-A-Ding Ding!, Sinatra and arranger Johnny Mandel seem totally in sync on Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Easy To Love." Frank sings yearningly and burningly but also breezily and swingingly, while the musicians accentuate, punctuate, and otherwise jazz it up all the way through:

It's short and sweet, under two and half minutes, but every bit of it is perfectly crafted. Like this line near the end:
So care [bam!] free together that it does seem a shame
More RDD perfection coming soon. 

Updated to add a link and some excerpts from Mark Steyn's wonderful piece on this great song:
The album offers a supremely confident Sinatra with a sound just different enough from the Capitol days to give a freshness to the new Chairman's swagger. On "Easy To Love", Don Fagerquist's trumpet mute is a familiar sound from Harry "Sweets" Edison on Riddle's charts, but I'm not sure that May or Riddle would have put that lovely vibraphone in there. Just for the record, according to Mandel, because of time pressures, he wrote the intro and outro and instrumental of "Easy To Love" and called in Dick Reynolds for the bits of orchestration Frank's singing over. If that's so, you can't see the join. The track is under two-and-a-half minutes, but travels a ways in that short time, building and building, until Sinatra is having the time of his life:

We'd be so grand at the game
So carefree together that it does seem a shame...

The orchestral whump that punctuates the two syllables of "carefree" indicate a band and singer totally in sync, and indeed grand at the game. The sessions were attended by Frank's 16-year-old son. "The recordings were made the week before Christmas," Frank Jr recalled, "and the smiles on his face during those three nights left no doubt in anyone's mind that for Sinatra Santa Claus had come early." 
Read the rest, especially if you're a Jimmy Stewart fan (and who isn't?).


  1. This album could be re-titled, 'Get Happy' - a marvelous, mothery time.