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Frank Sinatra loved saloon singers. In fact, it’s all he said that he wanted to be. One he loved most of all was the singer of this week’s top tune, Sylvia Syms. Syms sang tough, sentimental songs in joints in Harlem and on New York’s 52nd Street for years and as a teenager received informal training from the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. Sinatra became such huge fan that he later personally conducted one of her albums.
“On Second Thought” is a heartbreaker of a tune written by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh & was produced by Nesuhi Ertegun for Atlantic Records in 1976. Judy Garland once made Sylvia sing it 16 times at a New Year’s Eve party but would never record it because she insisted Sylvia was the only singer in the world who could sing it properly. It’s a perfect example of a great saloon song sung by one of the best in the business.
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Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
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