Hope you enjoyed our visit with the great, Al Viola; a talented, delightful man whom I miss a lot.

Well, we are seven chapters in to The Sinatra Songbook and I am having a ball!  How ’bout you?  Please share your thoughts about the series.  Click on the CONTACT box at the upper-right and go for it.   We’re eager to read what you have to say.

Next on the Songbook, the style, stance and swagger that went into every Sinatra recording.  And, a mini-concert starring FS and Lady Ella that will knock your socks off.  This alone is worth the price of admission.

Join us when we open Chapter Eight of The Sinatra Songbook, Saturday September 22nd at 6pm and Sunday, September 23rd at 8am (those are eastern times) exclusively on Metromedia Radio.

 

BUILDING YOUR COLLECTION

So, let’s advance our survey of the albums that build a great Sinatra library.  We’ve discussed the combo release Songs for Young Lovers / Swing Easy and the landmark Sinatra-Riddle collaboration, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers. Ready for more?

SINATRA SINGS FOR ONLY THE LONELY (1958) At the opposite end of the emotional scale, Sinatra and Riddle offer a collection of soul-searching explorations, wrapped around the theme of love lost.  Standouts include the title track, Only the Lonely, Angel Eyes, What’s New? Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry, and One for My Baby (and One More for the Road).

Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle each considered this album their greatest collaboration and personal achievement.  It’s an amazing journey.  An absolute masterpiece.  By the way, that now classic, clown-faced caricature earned Only the Lonely a 1959 Grammy for Best Cover.

This album, along with Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, are probably my two favorite Sinatra albums.

 

…to be continued.