The music of "The Chairman of the Board" Frank Sinatra is timeless, For nearly four decades Sinatra's music was a fixture on Billboard' Top Pop Singles and Albums charts. Forget the singles....it has been estimated that Ol' Blue Eyes has sold in excess of 150 million albums worldwide. You can still hear his music everywhere....on the radio, in commercials, at the local high school show and in the background on countless TV shows and movies. His music is part of the fabric of America. Sinatra made so many great recordings that is it rally hard to pick a list of favorites but here goes. The songs on my list range from his earliest recordings at Columbia in the early 1940's until his last big hit in 1980. I hope you enjoy it.
Sinatra tried retirement in the early 1970s but found that he missed recording and performing. This tune was from his 1973 comeback album "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back". The first time I heard it was in the background of a story on the CBS Evening News about the demolition of the Reds old ballpark Crosley Field. Being a huge baseball fan this one always manages to bring a tear to my eye.
Long before the technology existed to have deceased father and daughter (Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole) appear on the same recording Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy had a #1 hit with this tune in 1967.
Many have tried but no one ever has or probably ever will sing this tune better than Frank Sinatra. Paul Anka wrote this song specifically for Sinatra and the tune positively captures the essence of the man.
I enjoy the music of the 1940's and this tune is one of my very favorites from that decade. The song was written by Johnny Mercer in 1944 and Sinatra had a Top Ten Hit with it just a year later. Good stuff!!
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