May 19, 2015

#61: Sinatra bewitched*

. . . but, strictly speaking, not bothered or bewildered -- that's another song. Today's feature is "Old Devil Moon," with music by Burton Lane (born Morris Hyman Kushner) and lyrics by Yip Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg) of The Wizard of Oz fame.

Sinatra has a whole album devoted to moon songs but this sultry, swirly, swooshy swinger, not included on that disc, outshines them all:

Nelson Riddle -- just wow.

This is my fifth selection, so far, from Songs for Swingin' Lovers.

*Update: Oh my. I just found Frank's 1963 version of this song, arranged again by Nelson Riddle (I think) for Sinatra's Reprise Repertory Theatre collection, and it's pretty great:

There's something about the mature, pushing-fifty Sinatra that sounds so good.

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