April 20, 2015

#70: One of the greats

One of the all-time great love songs, "The Very Thought Of You" was written by Ray Noble in 1934. Sinatra recorded it only once, in London in 1962, on the tail-end of a grueling world tour with the tired voice to prove it. But it's lovely anyway.

It's from the album Sinatra Sings Songs from Great Britain, arranged by Robert Farnon. (My other favorites from that CD are "Garden In The Rain" and "If I Had You.")

Mark Steyn (yes, that Mark Steyn) does his own sweet take of "The Very Thought Of You." And I love, love, love Ella's gently swinging version, arranged so satisfyingly by Nelson Riddle. It's one of the best-ever sing-along-loudly-while-driving-alone-with-the-windows-closed songs. I do wish Frank had recorded a similar version. (To Ella's, I mean, not to mine.)

I see that Ricky Nelson recorded this, too. I think I'll stick with his "Fools Rush In."

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