September 5, 2015

#32: The guy who turned out a lover

"Oh! Look At Me Now" was written in 1941 by Joe Bushkin and John Devries. Frank recorded it that year with Tommy Dorsey and company (more on that coming up from Bob Belvedere) and again sixteen years later for A Swingin' Affair, Sinatra and Riddle's follow-up to Songs for Swingin' Lovers.

It's 1957 and Sinatra's voice is in a beautiful place:



Hard as it is to imagine a time when Frank Sinatra the man "never knew the technique of kissin'," Sinatra the singer carries it off convincingly. The guy who turned out a lover isn't a playboy who's been around and has learned from experience how the game is played (a la "Nice 'N' Easy" or "The Best Is Yet To Come"). No, he's a Romeo only because he has found his Juliet. It's a song for every guy who falls in love and closes the deal. Lyricist John Devries, who also wrote "There'll Be A Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin," created something special here.

Sinatra loved the song, too, and credited it with a good deal of his early success. He talks about it on Sinatra '57, a recording of a concert given in Seattle in that excellent year, with Nelson Riddle conducting. The playlist, for those of us who love the Sinatra of the 1950s, is to die for:

1. Introduction/You Make Me Feel So Young
2. It Happened In Monterey
3. At Long Last Love
4. I Get A Kick Out Of You
5. Just One Of Those Things
6. A Foggy Day
7. The Lady Is A Tramp
8. They Can't Take That Away From Me
9. I Won't Dance
10. Sinatra Dialogue
11. When Your Lover Has Gone
12. Violets For Your Furs
13. My Funny Valentine
14. Glad To Be Unhappy
15. One For My Baby
16. The Tender Trap
17. Hey Jealous Lover
18. I've Got You Under My Skin
19. Oh! Look At Me Now

Time doesn't allow me, right now, to plug Mark's, Bob's, and Ms. EBL's latest offerings, so please pay them each a visit. So much Sinatra, so little time. Enjoy.


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