Songs for Swingin' Lovers!

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Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released March 5, 1956 (LP)
January 20, 1987 (CD)
Recorded October 1955 – January 1956
Capitol Records Studios
(5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Genre Swing, traditional pop, jazz
Length 43:59
Label Capitol
Producer Voyle Gilmore
Frank Sinatra chronology
In the Wee Small Hours
(1955)In the Wee Small Hours1955
Songs for Swingin' Lovers
This Is Sinatra!
Post-1957 album cover
Post-1957 album cover
This Is Sinatra!1956
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! is the tenth studio album by American singer Frank Sinatra and his fourth for Capitol Records. It was arranged by Nelson Riddle and released in March 1956 on LP and January 1987 on CD. It was the first album ever to top the UK Albums Chart.


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.[2] Sinatra aficionados often rank it his best or second best album (to In the Wee Small Hours) and many music critics consider it one of the greatest albums of its era.[3]

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).[4]

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" (Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon) - 2:57
  2. "It Happened in Monterey" (Mabel Wayne, Billy Rose) - 2:36
  3. "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me" (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) - 2:19
  4. "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman) - 2:48
  5. "Too Marvelous for Words" (Richard A. Whiting, Johnny Mercer) - 2:29
  6. "Old Devil Moon" (Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg) - 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" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Mercer) - 2:30
  11. "We'll Be Together Again" (Carl T. Fischer, Frankie Laine) - 4:26
  12. "Makin' Whoopee" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) - 3:06
  13. "Swingin' Down the Lane" (Isham Jones, Kahn) - 2:54
  14. "Anything Goes" (Porter) - 2:43
  15. "How About You?" (Lane, Ralph Freed) - 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 on an album of "swinging" uptempo numbers since the album already included the ballad "We'll Be Together Again.") 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 Longines Symphonette album "Sinatra Like Never Before" (SYS-5637), which was released in September 1973 as a bonus LP in the 10-album boxed set "Sinatra, The Works." The 1956 recording eventually reached a wider audience when it was released on The Capitol Years compilation in 1990.

Selected personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1956) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 1
Preceded by
Carousel by Original Soundtrack
UK Albums Chart number-one album
July 28 – August 11, 1956
August 25 – September 1, 1956
Succeeded by
Carousel by Original Soundtrack
Carousel by Original Soundtrack