Songs for Swingin' Lovers!

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Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
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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
W653
Producer Voyle Gilmore
Frank Sinatra chronology
In the Wee Small Hours
(1955)In the Wee Small Hours1955
Songs for Swingin' Lovers
(1956)
This Is Sinatra!
(1956)This Is Sinatra!1956
Post-1957 album cover
Post-1957 album cover
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.

Background[edit]

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]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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
Total length: 43:59

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.

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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) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 1
Preceded by
N/A
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Songs for Swingin' Lovers! at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1] Archived October 23, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Frank Sinatra Dies at 82; Matchless Stylist of Pop". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  4. ^ https://www.jstor.org/stable/23066612
  5. ^ Put Your Dreams Away: A Frank Sinatra Discography
  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