Hi. Did you love Chapter Eight?  That mini-concert with Ella is a precious gem.

Watch the Shout Factory video, “Sinatra: A Man and his Music + Ella + Jobim”.  Frank’s sense of wonder as Ella does her thing is delightful and endearing. What a pair!






What’s next on the Songbook?  This product of the big band era understood that adding strings meant greater variety of mood. Even as a boy singer, “Frankie” lobbied for strings.  And, because of his immense popularity in that band, Frank’s boss, Tommy Dorsey, yielded.

The love affair with strings was life-long, as you shall hear when we open Chapter Nine of The Sinatra Songbook, Saturday September 29th at 6pm and Sunday, September 30th at 8am (those are eastern times) exclusively on Metromedia Radio.




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 as well as Songs for Swingin’ Lovers and Frank Sinatra sings for Only the Lonely. Ready for more?

IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS (1955)  Issued prior to Only the Lonely,  Wee Small Hours is similar in mood but distinguished by a more youthful, innocent perspective.

This album is an early indicator of Sinatra’s intention to exploit the then new, long-playing record technology by creating projects that pursue a specific theme, i.e. intimate reflections of love lost.  The songs are carefully selected and programmed to advance a story line.

Wee Small Hours, like Swingin’ Lovers, Only the Lonely, Come Fly with Me and more are, in a way, mini-movies. The title track is delicate and delicious.  And “I Get Along Without You Very Well” is as sad as sad can be.  Again, delicious.  Solid performances throughout.


…to be continued.