Your Sunday Sinatra: “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” – Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim

“I who was lost and lonely… believing love was only… a bitter tragic joke, have found with you, the meaning of existence, oh my love”

“Corcovado” (known in English as “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”) was written by Anotnio Carlos Jobim and had been recorded in the early sixties by both Sergio Mendes and Miles Davis before becoming an international success when a version included on 1964’s landmark bossa nova album Gilberto/Getz , with lyrics by Gene Lees and vocals by Astrud Gilberto.  The Gilberto version is below.  Sinatra’s 1967 version from the bossa nova album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim  follows after the jump.

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Frank Sinatra: “It Was a Very Good Year”

“And now I think of my life as vintage wine… From fine old kegs… From the brim to the dregs… It poured sweet and clear… It was a very good year”

Arguably the most famous Frank Sinatra song of them all, the 1965 recording of “It Was a Very Good Year” was filmed by CBS Television and used for a Walter Cronkite news special celebrating Sinatra’s 50th birthday, broadcast on November 16th of that year.

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Your Sunday Sinatra: “Come Fly With Me” – Frank Sinatra and Billy May

“If you can use some exotic booze… there’s a bar in far Bombay.
Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.”

Show of hands, please.

Who’s not looking forward to their upcoming annual December encounter with the airport?

Sure, it’s gonna be great to see the faces of distant loved ones and family members again. But is it really worth the humiliation of standing in line for thirty minutes for the esteemed pleasure of showing off your current sock choice to complete strangers?  Do you miss Grandma so much you’re willing to say nothing to the guy next to you in the track suit, chowing down on McDonalds straight out of the grease-stained sack as he screams into his phone at the divorce attorney who seems incapable of preventing “that vindictive bitch from taking it all!”

MG is much better at handling airport happenings than I am.  He actually chit-chats with the people he finds sitting next to him at the gate.  HE ACTUALLY PURPOSELY ENGAGES IN CONVERSATION WITH THESE PEOPLE!  Apparently, he enjoys finding things out about them. Meanwhile, I’m sitting on the other side of him, slumped down, repeatedly muttering under my breath “Stop… talking to them” while debating whether or not to extend my leg and purposely trip the unattended child who’s running in circles with a drool-soaked Red Vine hanging out of its mouth.

I always walk into the airport with the best of intentions.  But I always walk out with an upset stomach, a snarling lip, and for some reason the latest issue of Macworld, a magazine that holds absolutely no interest for me whatsoever.

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Your Sunday Sinatra: “It Happened in Monterey” – Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle

“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-gradma.  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!

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Your Sunday Sinatra: “Baubles Bangles and Beads” – Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim

Some day… he may… buy you a ring, ringa-linga. I’ve heard that’s where it leads. Wearin’ baubles, bangles, and beads…

There’s no one bigger than The Chariman of the Board.  Hop on over to the local bar where people know your name and ask just about anyone:

 

“Baubles, Bangles and Beads” is my third Sinatra post in a row from the 1967 Bossa Nova album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, definitely one of Frank’s best. The song is from the 1953 American musical Kismet, set in Baghdad in the times of The Arabian Nights.

The show won the 1954 Tony for Best Musical and was made into a film by MGM in 1955, starring Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, and Dolores Gray who has her own tribute post right here at Tv Food and Drink.

Take a listen to Frank’s charmingly woozy version below:

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Your Sunday Sinatra: “Dindi” – Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim

“Like a river that can’t find the sea… that would be me… without you, my Dindi.” 

“Dindi” is the second track off the 1967 album Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim.  The song was composed by Jobim especially for Brazilian jazz samba and bossa nova singer Silvia Telles, nicknamed “Dindi.”

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Your Sunday Sinatra: “The Girl from Ipanema” – Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim

Sinatra’s cover of the landmark 1962 Bossa Nova song from the album “Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim”

Reward yourself with three minutes and nineteen seconds to let Frank Sinatra and Anonio Carlos Jobim remind you of why Sundays were invented with the woozy, relaxed swing of “The Girl from Ipanema,” embedded below.

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Buddies Lounge Podcast #201: A Tribute to Annette Funicello

This week, The Big W devotes his entire Podcast to the swingin’ songs of Annette Funicello, with tracks from the former Mousketeer recorded between 1958 and 1965.

Highlights (well, the highlights for me) include Annette’s version of “Blame it on the Bossa Nova” and her 1960 track “Pineapple Princess,” written by The Sherman Brothers (The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) for Annette’s 1960 album entitled… wait for it… Hawaiianette: Annette Sings Songs of Hawaii!

And most movie fans my age will probably recognize the title tracks from the Disney films “Merlin Jones” and “The Monkey’s Uncle.” Concerning the latter, there is somewhere an ex-boyfriend of mine with a video of me stoned and singing along while jumping on a mattress and scratching under my arms with my fingertips.  I’m sure I’m not alone.

Here come the groovy vocal stylings of Annette Funicello, in all her double-tracked glory.  Enjoy!

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Buddies Lounge Podcast #198 Featuring Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, Dean Martin, Herb Alpert

It’s 6pm on the West Coast. For most people, that’s “Cocktail Time.” But not for me. For me, it’s “Debate Whether or Not to Work Out and Celebrate Said Contemplation by Ordering a Large Pepperoni Pizza and Sitting On My Ass Watching Reruns of The Bob Newhart Show” Time.

I don’t miss cocktails as much as I used to. But damn, I do miss photographing them. I had the knack. This is my all-time favorite shot of my all-time favorite cocktail… a vodka martini.  Isn’t she beautiful? I named this one Emma.  Then I drank her.

I only bring up being on the wagon because our host of tonight’s podcast, The Big W, is on the wagon too (he’s under the weather, so it’s strictly soda for him tonight).  But as you serve up your shaker and toast the end of the work day with that far-out cat or groovy gal of yours, he’s got the perfect Hi-Fi soundtrack for your evening’s real gone scene.

Highlights on tonight’s podcast include Jack Jones singing “Wives and Lovers,” which some of you may know as the song that runs over the credits of the film The First Wives Club.

The Big W’s also got Doris Day’s “The Glass Bottom Boat” from the 1966 film starring Day and Rod Taylor, a swingin’ version of “Won’cha Come Home, Bill Bailey” by Della Reese, and “Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb,” which up until this podcast I didn’t know was actually a song.  I thought it was just something 1950s kids said to each other, like “What’s Buzzin’?” and “Neeto Freeto!”

And then get ready for two very unique and very different versions of “Old McDonald”  First up, it’s a radio jingle from Frank Sinatra for “Peter Epstein Pontiac.”  And a little later, brace yourself for the most far-out version of the song you’ve ever heard, performed by Ellz Fitzgerald.  You’ll never look at it as a kid song again.

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