Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Frank Sinatra: Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather is a Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler standard that has been performed by many artists. Frank Sinatra has to my knowledge recorded it three times. Each of these versions are very different from each other, from Sinatra's treatment and age/quality of his voice and the orchestration. The first from 1944 is haunting, the second from 1959 poignant, the third from 1984 is a more upbeat musical version of a lyrically sad song, as if the passage of time has soften the blow.

The 1944 recording.

The 1959 recording.

The 1984 recording with Quincy Jones for LA Is My Lady, a later Sinatra-Jones collaboration after Sinatra at the Sands

Don’t forget to also keep checking out
Pundette’s Sinatra 100 countdown,
Ms Evi’s Sinatra Celebration,
Dispatches from the Camp of the Saints Sinatra,
Mark Steyn’s Sinatra Songs Of The Century.
It’s a swinging’ world.

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