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Monday, June 8, 2015

Frank Sinatra: I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)

This heart breaking song was composed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1939 based on a poem (which supplies the lyrics). The poem was just signed J.B. Eventually it was discovered that Jane Brown Thompson wrote the lyrics but she sadly passed away just before the song was nationally broadcast and she could be recognized. The first recording by Frank Sinatra is his singing it for the classic concept album In The Wee Small Hours (1955), orchestrated by Nelson Riddle, which revived Frank's singing career.

Below is Frank singing I Get Along Without You Very Well in London in 1970.  

Hoagy Carmichael

Thinking of the sacrifices and heroism of D-Day yesterday and Memorial Day last week reminded me of Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Russell playing a duet in The Best Years Of Our Lives

Here is Jane Russell singing it with Hoagy Carmichael accompanying her.

I did three posts specifically for Nelson Riddle's June 1 birthday (and to recognize his contribution to Sinatra's song book and career) with I Got You Under My Skinwith Witchcraft, and with Ebb Tide. Consider this post a fourth (and here is bonus Linda Ronstadt version of this song backed by Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra)  

Pundette has Walking In The Sunshine, her #57 Ring-A-Ding Zing, her #56 Berlin's Always, and more notes on Nancy
Bob has #43 through #41 on his list (and the selections are marvelous) and his #40 through #38: It Had To Be You, We'll Met Again, and Autumn Leaves
Mark has Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry and is also celebrating Nancy's birthday (as I did too with this post since her birthday is June 8) and also Somethin' Stupid at #38 (with more notes on Nancy)

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 swingin’ world.

Update: Mark has this as his song of the week

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