Sunday, November 29, 2015

Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney (with some bonus Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby)

With Sinatra singing Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! why not some South Pacific?  It's in 1963 with a Nelson Riddle orchestration and Rosemary Clooney from The Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre album.

Here is Sinatra singing Some Enchanted Evening in 1949.  Axel Stordahl arranged.

Here is a song Frank Sinatra co-wrote and then recorded with Rosemary Clooney in 1950. It was originally intended to be done with Dinah Shore, but she declined.  The arranger is George Siravo. Rosemary does a fine job, but this song would have worked with Doris Day.

And here is the 1957 CBS's The Edsel Show with Guest Stars (even these terrific talents could not save the Edsel).  Which include are some of the stars from the 1956 Cole Porter adaption of The Philadelphia StoryHigh Society (minus Grace Kelly).

Mark Steyn has On Stage with Sinatra: A conversation with Vincent Falcone, Jr, Mark has New York, New York at #87 and George Harrison's Something at #86. Mark's Song of the Century #85 is Sondheim's Send In The Clowns, Song #84 (and by coincidence given the attrocious recent events in France) is the originally French song My Way, and at #83 he has Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's Some Enchanted Evening. For Labor Day Mark had Kern and Hammerstein's Ol Man River (as part of a waterfront labor theme). Mark Steyn has Rodgers and Hammerstein's Soliloquy has Song of the Century #41.  And Mark's Movie Audio Special is High Society.

Mark's Thanksgiving Sampler includes how he loves the song Oklahoma! (which Sinatra, to my knowledge, did not record). Here is an Oklahoma! Thanksgiving

Pundette breaks her top 10 with You Go To My Head at #9 and One Of Those Things at #10. She has #11 Cole Porter's I Concentrate On You, at #12 Porter's You'd Be Nice To Come Home To, as her #13 Cole Porter's What Is This Thing Called Love. Pundette also has a Cole Porter favorite written by Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green Just In Time at #16.

Bob Belvedere is counting down Sinatra albums with Billy May arranged Come Dance With Me at #3, Gordon Jenkins arranged All Alone at #4, Swing Easy at #5 and an interview with Chuck Granata. Bob had Kern and Hammerstein's The Song Is You on his song list (tied at #20).

I remembered Johnny Mercer's birthday (thanks to a tip from Pundette). And here is a sublime song from the forties Kern and Hammerstein's All The Things You Are. I had Frank Sinatra and the President's Marine Corps Band doing You Make Me Feel So Young (and also had a bonus Betty Comden Adolph Green number from On The Town), I had Angie Dickinson's favorite Lean Baby, VanHeusen and Burke's Here's That Rainy Day, Sinatra Lord's Prayer/Ave Maria post, Berlin's When I Lost You, Arlen and Capote's Don't Like Goodbyes, and Gaudio and Holmes' For A While. And here is Frank in 1945 singing from Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat (among other great songs) and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Soliloquy (Mark featured it at #41 on his list for Father's Day). I also had Cole Porter favorite Irène Bordoni who was the star of Porter's first big hit Paris.

And Happy Thanksgiving.

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

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