“Stars and steel guitars… Luscious lips as red as wine… Broke somebody’s heart… and I’m afraid that it was mine”
“It Happened in Monterey” was written by lyricist Billy Rose and composer Mabel Wayne for the 1930 film revue King of Jazz starring Bing Crosby, John Boles, and Jeanette Loff.
The… shall we politely call it “dated”… version, as performed by Boles and Loff, is included below. Clear the dance floor for great-grandma. When she hears this coming out of your speakers, she’s gonna jump up, pop a rose between her teeth and bolero herself from one end of the living room to the other!
Sinatra’s thankfully updated take on the track appears on his Songs for Swingin’ Lovers album, originally released in 1956. With arrangements by the great Nelson Riddle, this album is one of the most buoyant and high-spirited discs in the entire Sinatra discography. Try listening to “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “Pennies from Heaven,” or even the old show pony “Anything Goes” just once. This is most definitely an album to accompany a Sunday afternoon in the kitchen. Drop granny off at a WPA meeting and crank up the volume! Your Mp3 link is below.it-happened-in-monterey.mp3