Music Memories 3: Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra: Sinatra ’65

Sinatra, what can I say?
Sinatra, what can I say? Read on.

This was the first Sinatra album that I bought on vinyl. I converted the album to MP3s and then burned it to CD because the album wasn’t available in that format in the U.S. You can buy it now, but it is imported from England. It is a great album and I have no idea why it wasn’t released in the states. Maybe I’m partial to it because it was my first.

I know that when I read reviews of the album they never mention my favorite song, I Like To Lead When I Dance. The song was written for the movie Robin And The Seven Hoods, but you only hear the tune faintly in the background of one scene, and it isn’t being sung by Sinatra. On this album you get the full treatment. My Kind Of Town is also on this album, and I’ve Never Been In Love Before and Luck Be A lady as well as many other fine songs.

I mention the movie because I remember seeing it in the theater when I was a senior in high school. There was a county basketball tournament in Michigan City, where all of the schools in LaPorte County, big and small alike, sent their teams to a single elimination tournament over a three or four day stretch (my memory isn’t all that good). On one day they played afternoon and evening games, so if you had tickets to both, and I did, you had to find things to do to kill time between the afternoon and evening games. That year I went to a movie and saw Robin And The Seven Hoods. I had never seen a Rat Pack film before, or even heard the term Rat Pack. The plot was OK, but I thought the music was great. I just wish I had bought the soundtrack album back then. Now it is out of my comfortable price range. On Amazon a used CD costs over $50, new it is $130. Yeah, that’s a bit salty for me.

Sinatra’s popularity waxed and waned over the years from the swing era to his final performances in the 1990’s. My favorite period of recordings ran from the 1960’s into the 1970’s.

Over the years I’ve bought a lot of Sinatra albums, mostly on vinyl, but I’ve converted them all to MP3, cleaned up the hiss and pops, and have burned most of them to CD. Recently I bought a 2 DVD set that has four of his television specials (3 from the 60’s and 1 from the 80’s). It’s good stuff.