Songs for Swingin' Lovers!

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Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Songsforswinginlovers.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 5, 1956 (LP)
January 20, 1987 (CD)
RecordedOctober 1955 – January 1956
Capitol Records Studios
(5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
GenreSwing, traditional pop, jazz
Length43:59
LabelCapitol
W653
ProducerVoyle Gilmore
Frank Sinatra chronology
In the Wee Small Hours
(1955)
Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
(1956)
This Is Sinatra!
(1956)
Post-1957 album cover
Songs-for-swingin-lovers.jpg

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! is the tenth 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.

Production[edit]

This album was arranged by Nelson Riddle, and took a different tack 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!.

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.[1]

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.

Legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]

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 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.[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).[5]

Releases[edit]

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! was released in March 1956 on LP and January 1987 on CD.

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]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."You Make Me Feel So Young"Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon2:57
2."It Happened in Monterey"Mabel Wayne, Billy Rose2:36
3."You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me"Harry Warren, Al Dubin2:19
4."You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me"Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman2:48
5."Too Marvelous for Words"Richard A. Whiting, Johnny Mercer2:29
6."Old Devil Moon"Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg3:56
7."Pennies from Heaven"Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke2:44
8."Love Is Here to Stay"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin2:42
9."I've Got You Under My Skin"Cole Porter3:43
10."I Thought About You"Jimmy Van Heusen, Mercer2:30
11."We'll Be Together Again"Carl T. Fischer, Frankie Laine4:26
12."Makin' Whoopee"Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn3:06
13."Swingin' Down the Lane"Isham Jones, Kahn2:54
14."Anything Goes"Porter2:43
15."How About You?"Lane, Ralph Freed2:45
Total length:43:59

Complete personnel[edit]

Tracks 1, 4, 10 (And Memories of You):

Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano, Mannie Klein, Harry Edison (tpt); Joe Howard, Milt Bernhart (tbn); Juan Tizol (v-tbn); George Roberts (b-tbn); Willie Schwartz, Harry Klee (alt/clt); Ted Nash, Babe Russin (ten); Mort Friedman (bar); Paul Nero, Alex Beller, Victor Bay, Harold Dicterow, David Frisina, Mischa Russell, Felix Slatkin, Paul Shure, Marshall Sosson, Harry Bluestone (vln); Maxine Johnson, Milton Thomas, Alvin Dinkin (vla); Eleanor Slatkin, Ennio Bolognini, Cy Bernard (vlc); Kathryn Julye (harp); Bill Miller (p); George Van Eps (g); Joe Comfort (b); Alvin Stoller (d); Frank Flynn (perc).

Tracks 2, 9, 13:

Mannie Klein, Harry Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano (tpt); Jimmy Priddy, Milt Bernhart (tbn); Juan Tizol (v-tbn); George Roberts (b-tbn); Willie Schwartz, Harry Klee (alt/cit); Justin Gordon, James Williamson (ten); Mort Friedman (bar); Felix Slatkin, Paul Shure, Mischa Russell, Paul Nero, Nathan Ross, Alex Murray, Henry Hill, Alex Beller, Walter Edelstein, Victor Bay (vln); Maxine Johnson, Milton Thomas, Alvin Dinkin (vla); Eleanor Slatkin, Edgar Lustgarten, Ennio Bolognini (vlc); Kathryn Julye (harp); Bill Miller (p); George Van Eps (g); Joe Comfort (b); Irving Cottier (d); Clark Yocum, Allan Davies, Charles Schrouder, Lee Gotch (voe [1]).

Tracks 3, 7, 15:

Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano, Harry Edison, Zeke Zarchy (tpt); Jimmy Priddy, Milt Bernhart (tbn); Juan Tizol (v-tbn); George Roberts (b-tbn); Willie Schwartz, Harry Klee (alt/cit); James Williamson, Justin Gordon (ten); Mort Friedman (bar); Paul Nero, Alex Beller, Victor Bay, Harold Dicterow, David Frisina, Mischa Russell, Felix Slatkin, Paul Shure, Nathan Ross, Alex Murray (vln); David Sterkin, Alvin Dinkin, Milton Thomas (vla); Eleanor Slatkin, Ennio Bolognini, Edgar Lustgarten (vlc); Kathryn Julye (harp); Bill Miller (p); George Van Eps (g); Joe Comfort (b); Alvin Stoller (d).

Track 8:

Shorty Sherock, Harry Edison, Johnny Best, Zeke Zarchy (tpt); Dick Noel, Paul Tanner, Jimmy Priddy (tbn); George Roberts (b-tbn); Willie Schwartz, Mahlon Clark, Justin Gordon, Champ Webb, Robert Lawson (sax/wwd); Emo Neufeld, Samuel Cytron, Robert Gross, Alex Murray, Paul Nero, Henry Hill, Mischa Russell, Dan Lube, Victor Bay, Alex Beller (vln); Maxine Johnson, Paul Robyn, David Sterkin (via); Ennio Bolognini, Ray Kramer, Eleanor Slatkin (vlc); Kathryn Julye (harp); Bill Miller (p); George Van Eps (g); Joe Comfort (b); Irving Cottier (d); Frank Flynn (perc).

Tracks 5, 6, 11, 12, 14:

Mannie Klein, Conrad Gazzo, Harry Edison, Mickey Mangano (tpt); Jimmy Priddy, Milt Bernhart (tbn); Juan Tizol (v-tbn); George Roberts (b-tbn); Willie Schwartz, Harry Klee (alt/cit); Justin Gordon, James Williamson (ten); Mort Friedman (bar); David Frisina, Harold Dicterow, Felix Slatkin, Paul Shure, Mischa Russell, Paul Nero, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Henry Hill, Marshall Sosson (vln); Maxine Johnson, Milton Thomas, Alvin Dinkin (vla); Eleanor Slatkin, Cy Bernard, Ennio Bolognini (vlc); Kathryn Julye (harp); Bill Miller (p); George Van Eps (g); Joe Comfort (b); Irving Cottier (d); Frank Flynn (perc).

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1956) #2 U.S.A Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Put Your Dreams Away: A Frank Sinatra Discography
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Songs for Swingin' Lovers! at AllMusic
  3. ^ [1] Archived October 23, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Frank Sinatra Dies at 82; Matchless Stylist of Pop". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  5. ^ Wolkewitz, Martin; Allignol, Arthur; Graves, Nicholas; Barnett, Adrian G (2011). "Does the 27 club exist?". BMJ: British Medical Journal. 343 (7837): 1284–1286. JSTOR 23066612.
  6. ^ Buskin, Richard (December 2012). "Classic Tracks: Frank Sinatra 'I've Got You Under My Skin'". Sound on Sound.
  7. ^ "Frank Sinatra | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.