It Might as Well Be Swing

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It Might as Well Be Swing
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released August 1964
Recorded June 9–12, 1964, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Genre Vocal jazz, traditional pop
Length 27:22
Label Reprise
FS 1012
Producer Sonny Burke
Frank Sinatra chronology
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Count Basie chronology
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(1964) Our Shining Hour1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[2]

It Might as Well Be Swing is a 1964 studio album by Frank Sinatra, accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra. It was Sinatra's first studio recording arranged by Quincy Jones.

This was Sinatra and Basie's second collaboration after 1963's Sinatra-Basie.

Sinatra's cover version of "Hello Dolly" on the album features a new second verse improvised by Sinatra, which pays tribute to Louis Armstrong, who had topped the Billboard charts with his own version of the song earlier in 1964.

It Might as Well Be Swing is a reference to the title of the well known jazz standard "It Might as Well Be Spring".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fly Me to the Moon" Bart Howard 2:30
2. "I Wish You Love" Léo Chauliac, Charles Trenet, Albert Beach 2:56
3. "I Believe in You" Frank Loesser 2:21
4. "More (Theme from Mondo Cane)" Riz Ortolani, Nino Oliviero, Marcello Ciorciolini, Norman Newell 3:05
5. "I Can't Stop Loving You" Don Gibson 3:00
6. "Hello, Dolly!" Jerry Herman 2:45
7. "I Wanna Be Around" Johnny Mercer, Sadie Vimmerstedt 2:25
8. "The Best Is Yet to Come" Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh 3:10
9. "The Good Life" Sacha Distel, Jack Reardon 2:30
10. "Wives and Lovers" Burt Bacharach, Hal David 2:50
Total length: 27:32


The Count Basie Orchestra
String section
  • Gerald Vinci, Israel Baker, Jacques Gasselin, Thelma Beach, Bonnie Douglas, Marshall Sosson, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Paul Shure and James Getzoff - violins
  • Virginia Majewski, Paul Robyn, Alvin Dinkin and Stan Harris - violas
  • Edgar Lustgarten and Ann Goodman - cellos
  • Sonny Burke - producer
  • Lowell Frank - engineer
  • Ted Allen - cover photo
  • Gregg Geller - 1998 reissue producer
  • Lee Herschberg - 20-bit digital mastering


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 20. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.