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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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