March 29, 2015

#77: Frank and Nelson swing Cole Porter

 In 1956, Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle took this:


 
and made this:



Who says there's no such thing as progress?

I hope there's an expert out there who can discuss the original lyrics and tell us where the "silly gigolo" and "great romancer" lines from the Sinatra version came from. And who changed "now God knows" to "heaven knows"? (As for the end, I've always assumed that "May I say, before this record spins to a close, I want you to know, anything goes" was Frank's own addition, in spite of the fact that it isn't quite the last song on the record.)

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