March 14, 2015

#80: A swingin' "Cheek To Cheek"

One of the greatest songs ever, written by Irving Berlin in 1935 for Top Hat and recorded by Sinatra in 1959 for Come Dance With Me. Frank and Billy May swing it to the max:

At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I do wish Sinatra had done another, less blaring, version of this. In addition to this one, of course.

As for the song, you gotta love this line (among others):

And the cares that hung around me through the week
Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek
I wonder if Mr. Berlin ever wished he had come up with something even more thrilling than fishing:
Oh, I'd love to go out fishing
In a river or a creek
But I don't enjoy it half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek
No matter. Enjoy.

***For your (and my) convenience, I've added labels for songwriters, arrangers, collaborators, and album titles to all the posts.

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