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Monday, October 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra Columbus Day Special: They All Laughed

Given Frank's mom's side of the family was from Genoa, it seems appropriate to recognize Columbus Day (above is the Columbus Day Riot of 1944) in association with Sinatra.

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 arranged)

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.

Rule 5 and FMJRA

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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