Songs for Swingin' Lovers!

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This article is about the Frank Sinatra album. For the Indelicates album, see Songs for Swinging Lovers (album).
Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released March 1956
Recorded October 1955 – January 1956
Capitol Records Studios
(5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Genre Vocal jazz, Traditional pop music
Length 43:59
Label Capitol
W653
Producer Voyle Gilmore
Frank Sinatra chronology
In the Wee Small Hours
(1955)
Songs for Swingin' Lovers
(1956)
This Is Sinatra!
(1956)
Post-1957 album cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! was the tenth studio album recorded by the American singer Frank Sinatra, his fourth for Capitol Records, it was arranged by Nelson Riddle and released in March 1956.[2]

This album took a different track after In the Wee Small Hours (1955), recording existing pop standards in a hipper, jazzier fashion, revealing an overall exuberance in the vein of Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!. The original cover had Sinatra facing away from the young couple, but in 1957 Capitol altered the cover with a new image of Sinatra facing the couple. Most CD releases have retained the new cover.

In 2000 the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and ranked number 306 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003.[3] Sinatra aficionados tend to view it as either his best or second best album (to "Wee Small Hours") and many experts consider it to be the greatest album of all time.[4]

The LP was the first number one album in the UK. It was knocked off the top after two weeks by Carousel (the 1956 movie's soundtrack).

In February 2014, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab released a hybrid disc (SACD + CD) of the album. The original 1956 front cover art was re-used for this issue.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You Make Me Feel So Young" (Mack Gordon, Josef Myrow) - 2:57
  2. "It Happened in Monterey" (Billy Rose, Mabel Wayne) - 2:36
  3. "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) - 2:19
  4. "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" (Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman, Sammy Fain) - 2:48
  5. "Too Marvelous for Words" (Johnny Mercer, Richard A. Whiting) - 2:29
  6. "Old Devil Moon" (E.Y. Harburg, Burton Lane) - 3:56
  7. "Pennies from Heaven" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) - 2:44
  8. "Love is Here to Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 2:42
  9. "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Cole Porter) - 3:43
  10. "I Thought About You" (Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 2:30
  11. "We'll Be Together Again" (Frankie Laine, Carl T. Fischer) - 4:26
  12. "Makin' Whoopee" (Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson), - 3:06
  13. "Swingin' Down the Lane" (Kahn, Isham Jones) - 2:54
  14. "Anything Goes" (Porter) - 2:43
  15. "How About You?" (Ralph Freed, Lane) - 2:45

An additional track, "Memories of You", was recorded during the sessions but ultimately left off the album. (As a slow ballad, it was deemed inappropriate an album of "swingin'" uptempo numbers.) While Sinatra would re-record the tune with Axel Stordahl in 1961 for the Point of No Return album, the 1956 recording with Riddle would remain unreleased until its inclusion on the Capitol Years compilation in 1990.

Selected personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1956) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[6] 1
Preceded by
N/A
Carousel by Original Soundtrack
UK Albums Chart number-one album
28 July 1956 - 11 August 1956
25 August 1956 - 1 September 1956
Succeeded by
Carousel by Original Soundtrack
Carousel by Original Soundtrack

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