May 7, 2015

#65: Begging for a break

Here's a beauty written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (the first of three by that duo to be featured here) and arranged by Nelson Riddle for 1955's In the Wee Small Hours album:

"Ill Wind" is the third of five Wee Small Hours tracks to make my list.

Something about the arrangement takes the edge off the desperate sadness of the song. It's comforting somehow. Nelson Riddle was a genius. And Frank was pretty good, too.

Bonus: Along the lines of "Ill Wind" (but oh so different), here's a stunning TV performance of #29 of Mark Steyn's Sinatra 100 list: "Everything Happens To Me":

1957. It was a very good year. Sinatra in his forties, so fabulous.

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