Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
|Single by Frank Sinatra|
|A-side||"All the Way"|
|Genre||Vocal jazz, swing, traditional pop|
|Frank Sinatra singles chronology|
"Chicago" is a popular song written by Fred Fisher and published in 1922. The original sheet music variously spelled the title "Todd'ling" or "Toddling." The song has been recorded by many artists, but the best-known version is by Frank Sinatra. The song mentions evangelist Billy Sunday as having not been able to "shut down" the city.
The song made a minor appearance on the U.S. pop charts, reaching #84 in the fall of 1957. It was the first of two charting songs about Chicago recorded by Sinatra. The other was "My Kind of Town" from 1964, which reached U.S. #110.
- 1939 - featured in H.C. Potter's 1939 film, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
- 1942 - the song was featured in the opening and closing credits of the 1942 movie Roxie Hart starring Ginger Rogers and Adolphe Menjou.
- 1949 - included in the fictionalized biography of Fred Fisher, Oh, You Beautiful Doll
- 1952 - used in the 1952 film With a Song in My Heart.
- 1957 - performed by Frank Sinatra in a 1957 movie in which he starred, The Joker Is Wild. His separately-recorded rendition (i.e., not the same version that is in the film) is the only charting version of the song.
- 1974 - appears in the film Harry and Tonto.
- Green Day during a concert at Chicago's United Center on July 13, 2009
- Sergio Franchi recorded this song in Italian during his concert in 1965 for RCA Victor, Live at The Coconut Grove
- CM Punk at the end of the 27 June 2011 edition of Monday Night Raw
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