L.A. Is My Lady

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L.A. Is My Lady
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1984
RecordedApril 13, 16–17, May 17, 1984
New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California
GenreVocal jazz
LabelQwest, Warner Bros.
ProducerQuincy Jones
Frank Sinatra chronology
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L.A. Is My Lady is the 57th and final solo studio album by Frank Sinatra, released in 1984 and produced by Quincy Jones. While the album was Sinatra's last (excluding the Duets albums), he recorded five further songs, only four of which have been officially released.

The album came after an album of duets between Sinatra and Lena Horne, instigated by Jones, was abandoned after Horne developed vocal problems and Sinatra, committed to other engagements, couldn't wait to record. This was the first studio album Sinatra had recorded with Jones since 1964's It Might as Well Be Swing.

The sessions were filmed, with a small audience, and released as Frank Sinatra: Portrait of an Album (1985). The documentary shows Sinatra meeting Michael Jackson for the first time, with Jones affectionately calling Jackson "Smelly".

Singers Dean Martin, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald and Van Halen members David Lee Roth & Eddie Van Halen make cameo appearances in the video for "L.A. Is My Lady", which in turn made moderate rotation on the fledgling MTV Network.

Despite its title, the album was mostly recorded in New York City. The album peaked at #58 on the Billboard 200, and #8 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.

One notable departure for Sinatra was the clear inclusion of synthesizers on the title track.


Track listing[edit]

  1. "L.A. Is My Lady" (Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lipton Jones) – 3:12
  2. "The Best of Everything" (Fred Ebb, John Kander) – 2:45
  3. "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (A. Bergman, M. Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 3:49
  4. "Teach Me Tonight" (Sammy Cahn, Gene de Paul) – 3:44
  5. "It's All Right With Me" (Cole Porter) – 2:39
  6. "Mack the Knife" (Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 4:50
  7. "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" (Mann Holiner, Alberta Nichols, Cahn, Saul Chaplin, L.E. Freeman) – 3:03
  8. "Stormy Weather" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:38
  9. "If I Should Lose You" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 2:36
  10. "A Hundred Years from Today" (Joe Young, Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 3:04
  11. "After You've Gone" (Henry Creamer, Turner Layton) – 3:15
  • Quincy Jones arranged track 1.
  • Torrie Zito arranged tracks 1 & 4.
  • Dave Matthews & Jerry Hey arranged track 1.
  • Joe Parnello arranged tracks 2 & 3.
  • Frank Foster arranged tracks 6 & 11.
  • Sammy Nestico arranged tracks 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10.


Chart (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 66


Production personnel[edit]

  • Quincy Jones – arranger, conductor, producer
  • Joseph d'Ambrosio – production coordination
  • David Matthews – arranger
  • Sam Nestico – arranger
  • Torrie Zito – arranger
  • David Smith - engineer
  • Gus Skinas – engineer, digital engineer
  • Phil Ramone – engineer, mixing
  • Jimmy Santis
  • Stanley Wallace
  • Allen Sides – engineer, assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Steve Crimmel – engineer, associate engineer
  • Mark Ettel
  • Cliff Jones – engineer, associate remixing engineer
  • Ollie Cotton – associate engineer
  • Bradshaw Leigh – associate engineer
  • Roger Nichols – digital engineer, associate engineer
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Lee Herschberg – digital mastering
  • Don Hahn – remixing
  • Elliot Scheiner – remixing, assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Alan Berliner – photography
  • Bill Ross
  • Ed Thrasher
  • William Warren
  • Stan Cornyn – liner notes


  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1984-05-17). "Allmusic Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  2. ^ "See under "Weill"". SongsBySinatra.com. 2008-12-26. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 275,276. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.