Tuesday, April 7, 2015

100 Years of Frank Sinatra: "It Only Happens When I Dance With You"

1948 was not a particularly good year for Frank Sinatra.  None of his recordings are found on lists of the best songs of the year.

Not on Billboard's Top 39 Songs of 1948.

Not on Popular Song's Top Pop Hits of 1948.

Not on Rhapsody's The Best 50 Songs of 1948. 

Sinatra's first recording session took place at Hollywood's Columbia Studios on March 16, when he covered two Irving Berlin songs:  "It Only Happens When I Dance with You" (the "A" side) and "Fella with an Umbrella."  The "A" side spent a week at #19 on Billboard's music popularity chart.

As daughter Nancy shares in the 1948 Frank Sinatra biographical entry on the Sinatra Family website:
FS confided in Manie Sacks, his friend and mentor at Columbia Records, that so many things were going wrong that he felt like he was all washed up. Sacks replied that life is cyclical, and that he was too talented not to bounce back. "In a few years," he said, "you'll be on top again."

Meanwhile, in the Pacific Northwest.....

Here's a small child's perspective of the living and dining rooms of the new Auburn parsonage. 

In the fourth year of their marriage, Mom and Dad remain childless.  But not for lack of trying.

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)

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