Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely, released September 8, 1958 is an album by Frank Sinatra.
The album consists of a collection of torch songs, following a formula similar to Sinatra’s previous albums In the Wee Small Hours (1955) and Where Are You? (1957). According to John Rockwell’s book, Sinatra: An American Classic, when asked at a party in the mid-1970s if he had a favorite album among his recordings, without hesitation, Sinatra chose Only the Lonely. The album’s front cover was painted by Nicholas Volpe, who won a Grammy Award for the painting. The painting features Sinatra as a sullen, Pagliacci-like clown. Sketched on the album’s back cover is one of Sinatra’s recurrent visual motifs: a lamppost.
“Only the Lonely” 4:10 “Angel Eyes” 3:46 “What’s New?” 5:13 “It’s a Lonesome Old Town” 4:18 “Willow Weep for Me” 4:49 “Goodbye” 5:45 “Blues in the Night” 4:44 “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry” 4:00 “Ebb Tide” 3:18 “Spring is Here” 4:47 “Gone with the Wind” 5:15 “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” 4:23 “Sleep Warm” 2:45 “Where or When” 2:25
Frank Sinatra – vocals Nelson Riddle – arranger, conductor Dave Cavanaugh – producer Felix Slatkin – conductor Pete Condoli – trumpet Milt Berhardt – trombone Vince deRosa – french horn Gus Bivona – woodwinds Harry Klee – woodwinds Bill Miller – piano Al Viola – guitar Joe Comfort – bass
Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
Born to Italian immigrants in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra was greatly influenced by the intimate easy listening vocal style of Bing Crosby and began his musical career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. Sinatra found success as a solo artist after he signed with Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the “bobby soxers”. He released his debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. But by the early 1950s his professional career had stalled and he turned to Las Vegas, where he became one of its best known residency performers as part of the Rat Pack. His career was reborn in 1953 with the success of From Here to Eternity, with his performance subsequently winning an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sinatra released several critically lauded albums, including In the Wee Small Hours (1955), Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956), Come Fly with Me (1958), Only the Lonely (1958) and Nice ‘n’ Easy (1960).
While Sinatra never learned how to read music, he worked very hard from a young age to improve his abilities in all aspects of music. A perfectionist, renowned for his dress sense and performing presence, he always insisted on recording live with his band. His bright blue eyes earned him the popular nickname “Ol’ Blue Eyes”. Sinatra led a colorful personal life, and was often involved in turbulent affairs with women, such as with his second wife Ava Gardner. He later married Mia Farrow in 1966 and Barbara Marx in 1976. Sinatra had several violent confrontations, usually with journalists he felt had crossed him, or work bosses with whom he had disagreements. He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Sinatra was also the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was collectively included in Time magazine’s compilation of the 20th century’s 100 most influential people. After Sinatra’s death, American music critic Robert Christgau called him “the greatest singer of the 20th century”, and he continues to be seen as an iconic figure.
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Shadows in the Night is the thirty-sixth studio album by Bob Dylan, released by Columbia Records on February 3, 2015. For a Bob Dylan album, it is unusual in that none of the songs are original compositions. Instead, the album consists of covers of traditional pop standards made famous by Frank Sinatra, chosen by Dylan himself. On January 23, 2015, it was announced that 50,000 free copies would be given away to randomly selected AARP The Magazine readers. Prior to the album’s release, Dylan recorded a cover of the tune “Full Moon and Empty Arms” and made it available for free streaming online on May 13, 2014.
1. “I’m a Fool to Want You” Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf, Joel Herron 4:51 2. “The Night We Called It a Day” Matt Dennis, Tom Adair 3:24 3. “Stay with Me” Jerome Moross, Carolyn Leigh 2:56 4. “Autumn Leaves” Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert (French), Johnny Mercer (English) 3:02 5. “Why Try to Change Me Now” Cy Coleman, Joseph McCarthy 3:38 6. “Some Enchanted Evening” Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers 3:28 7. “Full Moon and Empty Arms” Buddy Kaye, Ted Mossman, Sergei Rachmaninoff 3:26 8. “Where Are You?” Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh 3:37 9. “What’ll I Do” Irving Berlin 3:21 10. “That Lucky Old Sun” Haven Gillespie, Beasley Smith 3:39
Louis Allen “Lou” Rawls (December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006) was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He was known for his smooth vocal style: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had “the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game”. Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records, and had numerous charting singles, most notably his song “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”. He worked as a television, motion picture, and voice actor and was known for his frequently used expression, “Yeah, buddy!” Rawls was also a three-time Grammy-winner, all for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
In December 2005, it was announced that Rawls was being treated for cancer in both his lungs and brain. With his wife of three years by his side, Lou Rawls succumbed to his illness on January 6, 2006, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. – Wikipedia
In 1983, he co-wrote with Michael Jackson the song “I Never Heard”, which was retitled and released in 2009 under the name “This Is It”. An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, “Love Never Felt So Good”, has since been discovered, and will be released in the future. The song was also released by Johnny Mathis in 1984. Anka became a naturalized US citizen in 1990. (Source: Wikipedia)