They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round...
Given that line, this seemed like a good song for Columbus Day, a George and Ira Gershwin
classic from their 1937 film Shall We Dance
. This is from Sinatra's 1980 Trilogy
album, with Billy May
arranging this song as part of Frank's "past."
Below is Fred Astaire
and Ginger Rogers
performing it originally. Ginger was not a great singer but she manages to keep up just fine with Fred Astaire in the dancing department.
Ella Fitzgerald just nails this song, so I have her cover too (originally from her 1959 Gershwin songbook album
which Nelson Riddle
Mark Steyn is all about Nelson Riddle with Van Heusen and Mercer's I Thought About You
although he does have this film suggestion
and a special Man of Columbus
focus for Columbus Day. Pundette has Cole Porter's Night and Day
, in Paris and orchestrated by Nelson Riddle. For the Riddle Trifecta, Bob Belvedere has the album Nice and Easy
on his #9 for best Sinatra disks and Frank reminisces about Tommy Dorsey for #8
Given how scarce female song writers are for American songbook standards, I had Imogen Carpenter's Anytime, Anywhere
(although I did enjoy the Mandalay reference too). I had Frank's early hit with Tommy Dorsey Trade Winds
. I also had Rain (Falling From The Skies) and The Night We Called It A Day
. Before that I had Gershwin's I Got Plenty 'O' Nuttin
. I had the jazz standard Indian Summer
with bonus Michele Carey. Given Mark's post a Cole Porter Indian Summer classic It's All Right With Me
, I posted the Can Can film clip of that performance along with the lovely Juliet Prowse.
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.
Instapundit: Admiral of the Ocean Seas
EBL: Hare We Go
, Happy Columbus Day
, and Trade Winds
Rush Limbaugh: Happy Indigenous Peoples Day
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