July 20, 2006

Return to Sinatraville

Hi there in television land, this is Frank Sinatra, back for another sixty minutes of acceptance and love...

With Nelson Riddle conducting the band, Frank performs the Rodgers and Hart song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (from the 1935 musical Jumbo; hello, Prince!). This fast tempo version of the song is the Riddle arrangement used for Sinatra's 1966 Strangers in the Night LP. The performance is from the television special of the same year, Frank Sinatra - A Man and His Music Part II.

Some typical, cornball, Hoboken-born-and-bred humor at the end:

I haven't sung that fast since they raided the band bus, and threw Joe Bushkin in the clink...

Sinatra was jealous of Dean Martin's seemingly effortless ability to tell jokes and get laughs from an audience. You can see why. Dean's secret? He just didn't care.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I actually think the humor at the end wasn't as stiff and weird as it usually was. Frank being funny usually sounded like Frank being cranky. Frank also said that "Joe Bushkin [the pianist with Dorsey] was the first cat to lay a roach on [him]." He sounds like a character.

Chris said...

I thought I'd read that Sinatra talked about smelling herb while on the Dorsey bus. Must have been Bushkin! And I guess that's why he was "thrown in the clink."