Ring-a-Ding-Ding!

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Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released March 1961
Recorded December 19-21, 1960 Los Angeles
Genre Vocal Jazz, Classic pop
Length 39:15
Label Reprise
FS 1001
Frank Sinatra chronology
Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!!
(1961)
Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
(1961)
Come Swing with Me!
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo 4/5 stars[2]
Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released June 7, 2011
Recorded December 19-21, 1960 Los Angeles
Genre Vocal Jazz, Classic pop
Length 44:08
Label Reprise Records

Ring-a-Ding-Ding! is a 1961 album by Frank Sinatra.[3] It was Sinatra's first for Reprise, and, as the initial concept was "an album without ballads", included only uptempo swing numbers.[4]

The title track was written specifically for Sinatra by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. The song "Have You Met Miss Jones?" was recorded for the album, though left off the final track listing. Ring-a-Ding-Ding! reached No. 4; it was given favorable reviews by Stereo Review, and, although a similar album (Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!!) was released by Capitol a mere two months prior, Ring-A-Ding-Ding! managed to maintain a 35 week stay on the charts. In the UK, the album reached No. 8 and stayed for 9 weeks on the chart.

The album was reissued by Concord Records on June 7, 2011 to mark its 50th Anniversary. According to several reviewers, compared to the original CD issues, or the previously issued LP's, this CD is a noteworthy improvement in sound. Some of the original top-heavy reverberation on Sinatra's voice has been decreased for a more natural effect. But what has plagued this album since its first CD issue is that the channels are reversed from any of the original LP and tape issues. From its first issue on CD, the brass is on the left and saxes on the right. But on open reel tape and the original LP issues, the brass is on the right with saxes on the left.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ring-a-Ding Ding!" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) – 2:44
  2. "Let's Fall in Love" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 2:11
  3. "Be Careful, It's My Heart" (Irving Berlin) – 2:04
  4. "A Foggy Day" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:17
  5. "A Fine Romance" (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) – 2:11
  6. "In the Still of the Night" (Cole Porter) – 3:25
  7. "The Coffee Song" (Bob Hilliard, Dick Miles) – 2:51
  8. "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" (Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain, Pierre Norman) – 2:05
  9. "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (Berlin) – 2:58
  10. "You'd Be So Easy to Love" (Porter) – 2:24
  11. "You and the Night and the Music" (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) – 2:36
  12. "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" (Berlin) – 2:52

1991 CD bonuses[edit]

13. "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (James F. Hanley) – 2:48
14. "The Last Dance" (Van Heusen, Cahn) – 2:46
15. "The Second Time Around" (Van Heusen, Cahn) – 3:03

2011 reissue bonuses[edit]

13. "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" [Outtake Bonus Track] (James F. Hanley) – 3:00
14. "Have You Met Miss Jones?" [Previously Unreleased Outtake] (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 10:18

Selected personnel[edit]

Popular Culture[edit]

Ring-a-Ding-Ding! is the name of a main quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

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