September 11, 2008

"September in the Rain"

Written in 1937 by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, when leaves would actually turn brown as early as September on the North American continent, "September in the Rain" is probably the best song on one of my favorite Sinatra albums, Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! (I love the exclamation points!!!). It is the centerpiece of the album and a great example of Nelson Riddle's style as an arranger.

Kudos to the creator of this video for the inclusion of that first Ava Gardner picture - nice (and surprising) touch!

And as a bonus, here are the Silver Beetles (John, Paul, George, and Pete Best) doing a version that can't even begin to compare with Sinatra/Riddle's, but at least it's an original interpretation. This is supposedly from an audition the group did for Decca Records. Yep, guitar groups were on their way out:

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