Sunday, April 19, 2015

100 Years of Frank Sinatra: "Some Enchanted Evening"

Musically, 1949 was not a good year for Frank Sinatra.  He doesn't appear on Billboard's list of top 30 songs of the year.  Popular Song's top 40?  Shut out.  And he's not among the artists included on the Time-Life series Your Hit Parade 1949

According to Nancy Sinatra, her dad's first release of the year, "Some Enchanted Evening", was panned by Downbeat for a lack of intimacy and "a few off-pitch" notes.  To add insult to injury, Perry Como's version was one of the most popular songs of the year, spending 5 weeks at #1 during the summer and finishing the year at #4 on the Billboard Top 30.

On the other hand, 1949 was a very good year for a previously childless couple in Auburn, Washington.  Due to a tipped uterus, Mom had trouble conceiving.  It wasn't until the mid-1980s when I learned about the details of my conception.

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)

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