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This week’s Top Tune is the very definition of a standard and the epitome of cool. This seductive Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh tune has been recorded by many greats including: Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, and Patty Griffin (just to name a few), but it’s generally associated with Frank Sinatra, who recorded it on his 1964 album, It Might as Well Be Swing.
Sinatra was accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra and it was the first Sinatra studio recording arranged by a little producer by the name of Quincy Jones. Just add Duke Ellington to the mix, you pretty much have the Mount Rushmore of Swing right there!
It was the last song Sinatra sang in public (Feb 25, 1995) and the words “The Best is Yet to Come” are etched on his tombstone. It’s one of his favorite songs, and one of ours too. The recording is simply lights out.
Available this week and in celebration of the centennial of his birth, Capitol Records presents, Ultimate Sinatra, a 100 song deluxe box set including this week’s tune, and two other Cy Coleman classics, “Witchcraft” (Coleman/Leigh), and “Why Try to Change Me Now” (Coleman/McCarthy). Get yours HERE.
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The defining voice of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra enjoyed a legendary recording career that spanned six decades. Available today, key recordings from Sinatra’s Columbia, Capitol, and Reprise eras are presented together for the first time. Ultimate Sinatra’s 4CD edition includes 100 tracks celebrating 100 years, a never before released bonus track, an 80-page booklet with a new essay by Sinatra historian and author Charles Pignone, as well as rare photos and quotes from Sinatra and his family. Other formats include MP3 and a double-LP Vinyl set. Click HERE to order the 4CD set which includes composer Cy Coleman’s standards “The Best is Yet to Come”, “Witchcraft”, and “Why Try to Change Me Now”.
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There have been many incredible versions of Cy Coleman & Joseph McCarthy‘s great ballad, “Why Try to Change Me Now” recorded over the years. It’s one of those tunes that always seems to resonate deeply with singers, each one able to put their own powerful stamp on it.
Our favorites include Fiona Apple‘s version from the 2009 album, The Best is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman and most recently, Bob Dylan‘s superb version from his new album, Shadows in the Night.
But, it’s the very fist version of the song that sets the bar. It was recorded this very week back in ’59 at legendary Capitol Studios A in Hollywood by Frank Sinatra. The album was arranged by the versatile arranger, composer, and pianist Gordon Jenkins who had moved over to Capitol from RCA’s “X” records. Jenkins’ lush string arrangements can be heard on artists records ranging from Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole, to Johnny Cash and Harry Nilsson. As rock and roll gained popularity int he 1960s, Jenkins style fell out of favor and he only worked sporadically. However, Frank continued to call on his services for the next two decades at the new label he started, Reprise Records.
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