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blue girl

"The Way You Look Tonight"

It can be sung as a beautiful slow ballad or that jazzed up way, clicking your fingers, singing it with a little swing -- with that cool look on your face...

Some day, when I'm awfully low,
When the world is cold,
I will feel a glow just thinking of you...
And the way you look tonight.

Yes you're lovely, with your smile so warm
And your cheeks so soft,
There is nothing for me but to love you,
And the way you look tonight.

With each word your tenderness grows,
Tearing my fear apart...
And that laugh that wrinkles your nose,
It touches my foolish heart.

Lovely ... Never, ever change.
Keep that breathless charm.
Won't you please arrange it ?
'Cause I love you ... Just the way you look tonight.

Mm, Mm, Mm, Mm,
Just the way you look to-night.

Paul the Spud

I think his best album is Songs for Swingin' Lovers.

"You make me feel so young,
You make me feel like spring has sprung...
And every time I see you grin, I'm such a happy
Individual..."

When those chimes come in at the end, I'm sold.

Sharkbabe

Hey there cutes
put on your Basie boots
and come dance with me...

Btw (at least according to the wonderful book The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art Of Livin') Frank not only didn't consider "My Way" his signature tune but was annoyed at the notion - too bad the artists don't always get to decide these things.

I like the Nelson Riddle LPs best - and also mid to late middling stuff like That's Life and Somethin' Stupid - him & Nancy singing together, awwwww

Exiled in NJ

Summer Wind came blowing in across the sea

I like the way he says 'my fickle friend, the summer wind'

Waiting for someone to give us Strangers in the Night so that famous old mmt can be pulled out again, you know the one that quotes Sartre, Nitsche and Sinatra. I think I have the right authors, even if the spelling sucks.

Greg

2 come to mind:

September Of My Years:

That song is fantastic, and the album as a whole (arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins)is a masterpiece by a man who'd just turned 50. Highlights (for me) include "Hello Young Lovers", "It Was A Very Good Year" (which I called the "Numbers Song" when I sang it to my daughters each night), and "Once Upon A Time".

The other was his interpretation of the "Soliloquy" from "Carousel". Pure emotion, and a wonderfully strong voice.

Earl Bockenfeld

For me, there's only one top song...

I'm feelin' so bad, wish you'd make the music pretty and sad.

It's quarter to three,
there's no one in the place
except you and me.
So, set 'em up, Joe,
I've got a little story
you oughta know.
We're drinkin', my friend,
to the end of a brief episode.
Make it one for my baby
and one more for the road ...

SAP

You have to ask?

MY KIND OF TOWN
Chi-cah-go is
MY KIND OF TOWN
Chi-cah-go is ...

Chrys

I'm with Exiled in NJ. My favorites are Summer Wind, Strangers in the Night and I've Got you Under my Skin. I have a bunch of Dean Martin favorites too, but that's for another day.

Emma

Greg, spot on!

Jennifer

"It Was A Very Good Year" (makes me cry, but I love it)and "Summer Wind".

Linkmeister

I have to choose? Can't be done. I like every song mentioned above and about a zillion more. "Very Good Year" has a wonderful but not sappy amount of bathos to it; "Way You Look Tonight" is pure romance. "Nancy with a Smiling Face" is a fun tribute to a daughter.

Out come the two collections I own to put on the player today. ;)

Chris Quinones

My Sinatra education is sorely lacking, so I feel unqualified to have a favorite of his work. (Perhaps "New York, New York," but I am more of a Mets fan, after all.) However: I really have to hear the rest of "On the Road to Mandalay," now that I've heard the snippet available on Amazon. I've only heard the Oley Speaks version on classical compilations like Thomas Hampson's, which is pleasant but devoid of swing. Hey, Speaks wrote it in 1908, whaddaya want?

FWIW: In my social circle of science fiction fandom, what we call filk is the musical genre of choice, and one of filk's foremost practitioners, Leslie Fish, is known for, among other things, setting many Kipling poems to music. (This oeuvre is known to the filk community as "Kipplefish.") Her version of "Mandalay" is very different.

Kipling is surprisingly popular among SF fans in general.

Linkmeister

Chris, the two more-or-less definitive collections are these:

Frank Sinatra Portrait of Sinatra - Columbia Classics

Frank Sinatra The Capitol Years

5 CDs, total.

KathyR

You can't go wrong with Fly Me to the Moon, but I've got a soft spot for "All the Way." Sap. I know.

Oh and that hard "K" at the end of "look" in "The Way You Look Tonight."

daveminnj

sinatra does the best version of mood indigo,
and comes close to billy eckstine's version
of a cottage for sale. but his greatest song
is last night when we were young.

Campaspe

It took me years to appreciate Sinatra. My father was pure jazz and my mother was R&B before that meant P. Diddy. So I didn't grow up with it. I really prefer Etta James' take on "One for My Baby," or to see Fred Astaire kick out the bar bottles in his famous number. I even prefer Fred's vocal version of "The Way You Look Tonight." To me it is more wistful and longing than Frank's.

I am starting to like Sinatra (the singer) more and more, however. Probably my favorite is "The Summer Wind," which is used superbly over the credits in "The Pope of Greenwich Village."

The Heretik

I will take one of each, thank you. So cruel to suggest choosing but one.

KC

One vote for "It Was a Very Good Year," not only a great song but such a perfect expression of the Sinatra persona that there's no point in anyone else ever singing it. What do you think he said when handed that song? "It's too easy!" Or, looking heavenward: "I owe you, baby."

Though that version of "Fly Me To the Moon" on "...at the Sands" is fantastic. That's why you could not show up late to a Sinatra show, no matter how well you were doing at the tables.

isabelita

Frank Sinatra - I hate the sound of his voice, and the very sight of him in a photo makes me gag. Really, it does. He got into show business in a strong-armed, shady way, and had less talent than mob support.
I'll take Jerry Orbach any day.

Geoduck

I vote for Strangers in the Night as well.

After re-watching Guys and Dolls recently, I got wondering about Frank's acting as opposed to his singing. It's amusing to note that the man who sang "I did it my way" was at his best when playing pathetic put-upon schnooks...

freq flag

Echo Jennifer's picks above (It Was A Very Good Year and Summer Wind), but I gotta throw That's Life onto the heap as well.

dodik

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