October 31, 2015

#24: Cool and breezy but burning with love

"I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" is the second of two Irving Berlin songs in a row and the third consecutive track from Ring-A-Ding Ding!:




Breeziness, thy name is Sinatra. Frank Jr's liner notes credit trombonist Dick Reynolds, rather than Johnny Mandel, with the terrific arrangement.

Yes, the "off with my glove" line sounds a little silly -- what about the other glove? As Mark Steyn writes, "'Glove' is annoying singular." But what do we care? -- it's a fabulous song that has held up to lots and lots of listening.

And here's Frank singing it --and swinging it -- about ten years earlier on his TV show. I love this  performance so much that, if Sinatra hadn't chosen to do it for RDD, I think I could be satisfied with this alone:



That was most likely arranged by George Siravo.

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