Friday, April 24, 2015

100 Years of Frank Sinatra: "The Huckle Buck"

Recorded on April 10, 1949, Sinatra's version of "The Huckle Buck", one of many covers, was his only song to reach the top 10 from mid-1947 through 1953.

As the Popular Song website explains.....
This was the heyday of "competing" recordings. Columbia would see a Decca hit rising up the charts, and rush to put a Sinatra version out. RCA would persuade Perry [Como] to record it. Capitol's Johnny Mercer would try his hand, while Mitch Miller would use someone from the Mercury stable, usually Frankie Laine in 1949. Thus listeners might have as many as four versions of a song playing on the radio at any given time, while record buyers could choose between six or more versions on the shelves. It was common, and nobody thought much of it, although there was a "race" to record and press competing copies. But it was business, the records were made quickly and released.

In my estimation, the best-ever version of "The Huckle Buck".

Thanks to reruns, I became a huge fan of "The Honeymooners" by my early teens.  And remain so more than 50 years later.

As for my own version of 'The Huckle Buck", a little movement in my sacroiliac in 1949 had nothing to do with the song, I'm sure.

Perhaps I was just excited about my baptism.

With Mom, with Grandma Luthgren

Other Frank Sinatra 100 posts:
"Our Love".  (2/14/2015)
"I'll Never Smile Again".  (2/15/2015)
"Fools Rush In".  (2/16/2015)
"Dolores".  (2/17/2015)
"Oh Look At Me Now".  (2/18/2015)
"This Love of Mine".  (2/20/2015)
"There Are Such Things."  (2/24/2015)
"Night and Day".  (2/26/2015)
"The Night We Called It a Day".  (2/27/2015)
Paramount Theater, December 30, 1942.  (3/2/2015)
Reveille with Beverly.  (3/4/2015)
"You'll Never Know".  (3/7/2015)
Higher and Higher.  (3/8/2015)
"People Will Say We're in Love".  (3/10/2015)
The Shining Future.  (3/17/2015)
"I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night".  (3/19/2015)
Step Lively.  (3/20/2015) .
"Saturday Night (is the Loneliest Night of the Week)".  (3/21/2015)
"You'll Never Walk Alone".  (3/23/2015)
"Oh What It Seemed to Be".  (3/24/2015)
Anchors Aweigh.  (3/26/2015)
"Day by Day".  3/27/2015)
Till the Clouds Roll By.  (3/29/2015)
"Always".  (3/30/2015)
It Happened in Brooklyn.  (3/31/2015)
"I've Got a Crush on You".  (4/3/2015)
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".  (4/5/2015)
"It Only Happens When I Dance With You".  (4/7/2015)
The Miracle of the Bells.  (4/9/2015)
The birth of Tina.  (4/11/2015)
The Kissing Bandit.  (4/16/2015)
"Some Enchanted Evening."  (4/19/2015)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game.  (4/22/2015)

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