Witchcraft (1957 song)

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Single by Frank Sinatra
B-side"Tell Her You Love Her"
ReleasedDecember 23, 1957
RecordedMay 20, 1957
StudioCapitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
GenreSwing, traditional pop
Songwriter(s)Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh
Producer(s)Dave Cavanaugh
Frank Sinatra singles chronology
"All the Way"
"Mistletoe and Holly"

"Witchcraft" is a popular song from 1957 composed by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh.


Sinatra recorded "Witchcraft" three times in a studio setting. The first recording was in 1957, for his single release, and was later released on his compilation album All the Way (1961). Sinatra re-recorded "Witchcraft" for 1963's Sinatra's Sinatra, and finally recorded it as a duet with Anita Baker for Duets (1993).

Recording Date Company Format Album Track:Album Album Date Collaborators Arranged by
May 20, 1957 Capitol Studio The Complete Capitol Singles Collection 3/13:3/5 September 3, 1996 Nelson Riddle
April 30, 1963 Reprise Studio Sinatra's Sinatra 5/12:1/1 1963 Nelson Riddle
July 9, 1993 Capitol Electronic duet Duets 11/13:1/1 July 9, 1993 Anita Baker Nelson Riddle

Chart performance[edit]

"Witchcraft" was released in the U.S. in 1957 as a single by Frank Sinatra. At its highest ranking it reached number six on the Hot 100 chart and stayed on the charts for sixteen weeks.[1]

Other recordings[edit]

"Witchcraft" has been recorded by many other artists, including Sarah Vaughan, on her 1962 album You're Mine You, Ella Fitzgerald, on Ella Returns to Berlin (1961), and Bill Evans on Portrait in Jazz (1959).[2] Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1958[3] for use on his radio show and it was subsequently included in the CD Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook (2011).[4] Another version by Joe Malone was featured in the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus. Siouxsie Sioux performed it in concert with her second band The Creatures and a brass section in 1998: it was then included on their live cd, Zulu.[5] Robert Smith of The Cure recorded a version of the song for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie Unleashed!, a 14-track collection of songs "inspired by" the filmmaker's stop-motion creation Frankenweenie, released on 25 September 2012. Anthony Strong released a version of the song on his 2013 album Stepping Out.[6]



At the 1st Grammy Awards, Frank Sinatra was nominated for six Grammy awards, with Sinatra's recording of "Witchcraft" being nominated for the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and Nelson Riddle's arrangement nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement. Sinatra had two albums nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and won the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.

This song was also sung live by Peggy Lee.

Popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 769.
  2. ^ "Bill Evans Trio* - Portrait In Jazz (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1959-12-28. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  3. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Creatures (Siouxsie's second band) - Zulu (cd) at Discogs". Discogs.com. July 1999. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Anthony Strong - Stepping Out (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22.