Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The February of Frank: Sinatra Riddles Me This

The late 50s found Frank Sinatra releasing such classic albums as "Songs For Swingin' Lovers", "Swing Easy", "Close To You", and" A Swingin' Affair". This was at a time when releasing more than one album a year was normal. Nowadays, it is literally unheard of. Artists of today are lucky if they release an album every two years. The arranger and conductor at the helm of these albums was the great Nelson Riddle. Many people consider this era to be the best era of Sinatra's recorded work. When Sinatra took his act on the road for a quick west coast tour in the summer of 57, Riddle joined him. This was the only time in Frank's performing history when that would happen. And it was amazing! Luckily, one of those great concerts was caught on tape: a performance from June 9, 1957 in Seattle, WA. All of the classics can be found on this recording: You Make Me Feel So Young, The Lady Is A Tramp, One For My Baby, I've Got You Under My Skin, and fourteen other favorites. There is also a five minute monologue where Frank jokes about booze and dames. He is in a giddy mood on this evening, and had the material and the pipes to allow these songs to really cook. Here is "Frank Sinatra Live In Seattle". Enjoy!

Frank Sinatra-Seattle, June 9, 1957

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