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Four months down, eight months to go. Hope everybody is enjoying this journey!

May 1

1981-05-01
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sunrise Musical Theater


41 years ago today Sinatra was in the middle of a week-long engagement in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Sunrise Musical Theater. You can still go there today but not for a concert--it's now the home of Faith Center Ministries.

With this show we have a rare opportunity to hear Sinatra perform "S'Wonderful," a song he never recorded. He performed it on the radio just a few times, and the only times it appeared in his concerts was during March, April, and May of 1981.

Solid sound for an audience recording, with Vincent Falcone, Jr. conducting.

1. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
2. Fly Me To The Moon
3. ‘S Wonderful
4. You And Me
5. The Best Is Yet To Come
6. Laura
7. Come Rain Or Come Shine
8. Angel Eyes
9. Monologue
10. Luck Be A Lady
11. September Song
12. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (Charles Turner solo)
13. I Get A Kick Out Of You
14. Pennies From Heaven
15. These Foolish Things
16. Instrumental (Vincent Falcone solo)
17. Bewitched
18. New York, New York

 

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May 2

1981-05-02
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sunrise Musical Theater


We stay in Fort Lauderdale for a second straight concert, from Sinatra's engagement in 1981. It's a different set list from his show the previous night, but still with the rare performance of "S'Wonderful."

A bit of Sinatra history with this concert--we get the pleasure of hearing the first time Sinatra performed "I Loved Her." A few months later on July 21 he would record it for his next album, "She Shot Me Down."

Nice sound, with Vincent Falcone, Jr. on the podium.

Two notes with this one. First, we miss the very start of "I've Got The World On A String." Second, at the start of the track for "Send In The Clowns" we get the beginning of a Tony Mottola guitar solo; the recording cuts off and then picks back up with the start of "Send In The Clowns."

1. I’ve Got The World On A String
2. Fly Me To The Moon
3. ‘S Wonderful
4. You And Me
5. The Best Is Yet To Come
6. Laura
7. Come Rain Or Come Shine
8. I Loved Her
9. Pennies From Heaven
10. Luck Be A Lady
11. Tony Mottola solo / Send In The Clowns
12. I Get A Kick Out Of You
13. These Foolish Things
14. Summer Me, Winter Me
15. New York, New York / Exit Fanfare

 

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May 3

Today I'm posting two separate Sinatra entries, separated by 32 years. I'll present them in chronological order.

1949-05-03
Command Performance (radio show)


The Armed Forces Radio Network program "Command Performance" wrapped up in 1949, and here we have Sinatra's final appearance on the program--Episode 375 which was broadcast on May 3, 1949 (we don't know the recording date). Gloria DeHaven was the host, and with Sinatra on this program was The Phil Moore Four and June Foray.

1) Banter with Gloria DeHaven
2) Bop Goes My Heart--with The Phil Moore Four
3) Comedy with Gloria DeHaven
4) Skit--Boy Detective Sam Spade
5) When Is Sometime?

"Bop Goes My Heart" was written by Phil Moore, who accompanies Sinatra on this performance. Sinatra had recorded it a few months before this show--in December 1948, with The Phil Moore Four. Here we get a bit of scat singing from Sinatra.

In a skit called "Boy Detective Sam Sinatra" Sinatra stars as Sam Sinatra and is joined by Gloria DeHaven, announcer Marvin Miller, and June Foray.

Sinatra had recorded "When Is Sometime?" in December 1947. It's from the 1948 film "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court." I'm not aware of him having performed it other than on this broadcast.

Phil Moore was a jazz piano player, music arranger, and big band leader. He worked in Hollywood on many film scores but seldom received credit because of his race. In the late 1940s he was touring with a group called The Phil Moore Four--who we hear on this broadcast.

Gloria DeHaven was an actress and singer. She had been on Sinatra's radio program "Songs By Sinatra" on May 1, 1946.

I'll post Sinatra's bits/songs as individual tracks as well as the full program:


1981-05-03
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sunrise Musical Theater


Another show from the Sunrise Musical Theater in Fort Lauderdale, FL, back in 1981 on this date. This was his final performance of this engagement.

Sinatra mentions he's singing from the written lyrics for "S'Wonderful" because he doesn't know the words, and then begins singing "Too Marvelous For Words." Not sure if he's joking or he was so unfamiliar with the words that he accidentally started the wrong song.

In this setlist we get the medley of "The Gal That Got Away / It Never Entered My Mind" that Sinatra had been performing live since 1978. This is the first time he had sung it since he had recorded it almost a month earlier on April 8, for his upcoming album "She Shot Me Down."

The recording I have is split up in two parts, each of which you can burn to a CD.

CD 1

1. Overture
2. I’ve Got The World On A String
3. Fly Me To The Moon
4. S’Wonderful
5. The Best Is Yet To Come
6. You And Me
7. Laura
8. Come Rain Or Come Shine
9. The Gal That Got Away / It Never Entered My Mind
10. Monologue
11. Luck Be A Lady


CD 2

1. Tony Mottola solo
2. Send In The Clowns
3. Pennies From Heaven
4. Charles Turner solo
5. I Get A Kick Out Of You
6. These Foolish Things
7. Instrumental (Vincent Falcone solo)
8. Summer Me, Winter Me
9. New York, New York

 

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May 4

1968-05-04
Miami Beach, FL
Fontainbleau Hotel


Today we'll dip back into the 60s--1968 to be precise--for a Sinatra show at the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. He'd been in Miami for much of the first few months of 1968 filming "Lady In Cement," and had performed at this hotel nightly from early March through early April.

The sound is decent, and the orchestra was conducted by Bill Miller.

1. I Get A Kick Out Of You
2. In The Still Of The Night
3. I Have Dreamed
4. The Lady Is A Tramp
5. This Is All I Ask
6. All Or Nothing At All
7. That’s Life
8. Ol’ Man River
9. Monologue
10. Angel Eyes
11. All I Need Is The Girl
12. Moonlight In Vermont
13. It Was A Very Good Year
14. You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
15. My Kind Of Town

 

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May 5

1977-05-05
Cherry Hill, NJ
Latin Casino


A week or so ago we had a few shows from the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ back in 1977. Well, we're back there today for another performance from the same engagement. Nice sound with this one, and Bill Miller is conducting the orchestra.

1. All Or Nothing At All
2. Where Or When
3. For Once In My Life
4. You Go To My Head
5. Here’s That Rainy Day
6. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
7. I Sing The Songs
8. Monologue
9. Send In The Clowns
10. Sweet Lorraine
11. I Love My Wife
12. It Was A Very Good Year
13. Everybody Ought To Be In Love
14. Night And Day
15. See The Show Again
16. The Lady Is A Tramp

 

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May 6

1944-05-06
Your Hit Parade (radio show)


Today we dip back to some of the earliest Sinatra you'll hear--when he hosted the famous "Your Hit Parade" (YHP) radio program. Sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes and airing on Saturday nights, it aired on the radio from 1935 to 1953. The format was a countdown of the top songs in the nation that week, with various singers performing the various tunes.

Sinatra contributed to YHP in two stretches, first in 1943 – 1944 and then again during 1947 – 1949. During Sinatra’s time on YHP he became increasingly frustrated with the quality of songs he was given to sing which eventually led to him moving away from YHP and over to his own program, “Light Up Time” (also sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes). Probably moreso than any other radio program he did, on YHP you get the chance to hear Sinatra sing songs he never recorded.

Here we have a show from Sinatra's first run with YHP, from this date 78 years ago in 1944. Joining Sinatra on this broadcast was Joan Edwards and The Hit Paraders. Sinatra sang three numbers on this one:

Poinciana
I'll Be Seeing You
I Love You

Sinatra would record "Poinciana" twice in his career--first in 1946 and then again in 1947. He sang it a few times on YHP and then in 1950 on "Light Up Time."

Sinatra sang a few different songs called "I Love You"--this one is the one written by Cole Porter. He recorded it on his "Sinatra and Swingin' Brass" album in 1962. This was the first time he sang it on the radio and he would perform it on several other programs over the next few months.

"I'll Be Seeing You" is a song Sinatra turned to throughout much of his career. He first recorded it in 1940 with Tommy Dorsey and then again in 1961 (for his tribute album to Tommy Dorsey) and then again later that year with a completely different arrangement for the "Point Of No Return" album. He only sang it twice in concerts though, both times in the early 1960s.

Here's the countdown for this show:

9: Poinciana (Sinatra)
8: San Fernando Valley (Joan Edwards)
7: Don't Sweetheart Me (The Hit Paraders)
6: When They Ask About You (Joan Edwards)
5: I'll Be Seeing You (Sinatra)
4: It's Love, Love, Love (Joan Edwards)
3: Long Ago And Far Away (The Hit Paraders)
2: I'll Get By (Joan Edwards)
1: I Love You (Sinatra)

I'm posting the full show along with Sinatra's three individual songs:

 

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Sorry links not working. Al least for me its not.Thanks
Sorry about that. When I paste the link that I used into a browser it downloads, but when I click on it here in the forum it doesn't. I don't know what's happening.

I re-uploaded with a different name, try this one.

 

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I've got some travel the next two days so I'm going to get a jump on things and post the next two day's entries today.

May 7

1970-05-07
London, England
Royal Festival Hall


52 years ago, from May 4-8, Sinatra played London's Royal Festival Hall with the Count Basie Orchestra and a British string section. Below is the show from May 7, 1970.

There's a unique treat with this concert--it's the first of just two times Sinatra performed "Lady Day" live. Originally recorded for the "Watertown" album in August 1969 ("Lady Day" was the woman who left the protagonist in that album's story), Sinatra decided to leave it off the album when it was released. He returned to it with a Don Costa arrangement in November 1969, re-interpreting it as a tribute to one of his favorite singers, Billie Holiday (who was known as "Lady Day"). It's this latter arrangement we hear in this concert, and Sinatra even introduces it as a tribute to Holiday.

The sound is okay, and Bill Miller is on the podium conducting.

1. I’ve Got The World On A String
2. I Get A Kick Out Of You
3. At Long Last Love
4. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
5. Fly Me To The Moon
6. Street Of Dreams
7. Pennies From Heaven
8. My Kind Of Town
9. Autumn Leaves
10. Yesterday
11. This Is All I Ask
12. I Would Be In Love Anyway
13. Try A Little Tenderness
14. Lady Day
15. Ol’ Man River
16. Moonlight In Vermont
17. Angel Eyes
18. You Make Me Feel So Young
19. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
20. Please Be Kind
21. The Lady Is A Tramp
22. On The Road To Mandalay
23. My Way

 

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May 8

1970-05-08
London, England
Royal Festival Hall


We stay in London for Sinatra's performance there 52 years ago tonight. This recording has the added bonus of a few instrumentals from the Count Basie Orchestra before we get into Sinatra's set. Decent sound, with Bill Miller conducting.

With yesterday's concert we mentioned that it was the first time Sinatra sang "Lady Day" live--here we get the second and final performance he gave of the song.

The amount of material is such that it can be burned on to two CDs, so that's how I'm posting it.

CD 1

1. Count Basie Instrumental (1)
2. Count Basie Instrumental (2)
3. Count Basie Instrumental (3)
4. Count Basie Instrumental (4)
5. I’ve Got The World On A String
6. At Long Last Love
7. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
8. Pennies From Heaven
9. Street Of Dreams
10. Fly Me to The Moon
11. Autumn Leaves
12. April In Paris
13. Yesterday
14. This Is All I Ask
15. I Would Be In Love Anyway
16. Try A Little Tenderness
17. Lady Day
18. Angel Eyes
19. Moonlight In Vermont


CD 2

20. Ol’ Man River
21. You Make Me Feel So Young
22. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
23. Please Be Kind
24. The Lady Is A Tramp
25. On The Road To Mandalay
26. My Way

Note that the songs for the second CD include Tracks 2 through 4 which are "I've Got The World On A String," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," and a Sinatra monologue. I'm not sure what concert they're from, although the monologue does confirm Sinatra was in London when he was speaking. I'm including them in the post, but they're not listed above--what I've got listed above was what was performed on May 8.

 

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May 9

1975-05-09
Montreal, Canada
The Forum


Today we head to Canada for a concert Sinatra performed 47 years ago on this date. Excellent soundboard quality with this one, and Don Costa has the baton.

A nice treat with this show is Sinatra's performance of "Cycles." Originally on his album of the same title back in 1968, he performed it live off and on in 1968 and 1969, after which it disappeared from his set lists. However, in the spring of 1975 it appeared again and he sang it through August of that year--and never again. So, with this show we have a fairly rare performance of this song.

1. Overture
2. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
3. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
4. But Beautiful
5. Didn’t We?
6. This Love Of Mine
7. Something
8. Nice ‘N’ Easy
9. My Way
10. Monologue
11. Last Night When We Were Young / Violets For Your Furs / Here’s That Rainy Day
12. Cycles
13. Granada
14. Send In The Clowns
15. Let Me Try Again
16. My Kind Of Town
17. The Saddest Thing of All
18. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
19. Put Your Dreams Away

Included in my post is some CD cover art.

 

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May 10

1976-05-10
Nashville, TN
Grand Ol' Opry


Sinatra played the famous country music venue, the Grand Ol' Opry, on this date in 1976. We have excellent sound with this one. Bill Miller was conducting.

1. Overture
2. Night And Day
3. For Once In My Life
4. Where Or When
5. The Lady Is A Tramp
6. Imagination
7. What’s New
8. Didn’t We?
9. Here’s That Rainy Day
10. Witchcraft
11. All By Myself
12. Monologue
13. If
14. Send In The Clowns
15. I Sing The Songs
16. My Kind Of Town
17. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
18. Band Introductions / My Way

A few years ago a collector cleaned up this recording and put together some good liner notes on this concert as well as the technical efforts in remastering the tracks. I'm including that here.

 

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May 11

1984-05-11
Chicago, IL
Arie Crown Theater


In 1984 Sinatra played the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, IL from May 8 through May 12. Here's the show from May 11.

Less than a month after recording tracks for his upcoming album "L.A. Is My Lady," here we hear Sinatra perform four of those songs in this concert: "The Best Of Everything," "It's All Right With Me," "L.A. Is My Lady," and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" Interestingly, Sinatra refers to the album as "The Best Of Everything."

The sound quality is excellent with this one. Joe Parnello is conducting the orchestra.

1. Fly Me To The Moon
2. Here's To The Band
3. Monologue
4. Please Be Kind
5. The Best Of Everything
6. My Way
7. Monologue
8. New York, New York
9. Monologue
10. This Is All I Ask
11. Come Rain Or Come Shine
12. Monologue
13. It's All Right With Me
14. When Your Lover Has Gone
15. L.A. Is My Lady
16. Band Introductions
17. Tony Mottola guitar solo
18. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
19. Pennies From Heaven
20. How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
21. My Kind Of Town

 

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May 12

1960-05-12
Frank Sinatra Timex Special (TV show)


If you tuned into ABC at 9:30 PM EST on Thursday, May 12, 1960 (62 years ago) you would've been fortunate enough to see musical history--Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra singing together (the show had actually been taped back on March 26). Presley was returning from the army to America and, to generate some interest in both him and Sinatra's TV program, it was decided that the two should appear on stage together.

They sang a duet medley of "Witchcraft" and "Love Me Tender."

The duet appears on a CD called "The ABC-TV Sessions", which I'm posting it below. You also get songs from several other TV appearances from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and one from I think the 1990s--the "New York, New York" at the end I think is from one of Sinatra's last appearances on TV in the 1990s, with dozens of stars singing the song onstage to honor him (I don't remember the exact show).

 

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May 13

1976-05-13
Hickory Hills, IL
Sabre Room
Second Show


Today we're going to begin a streak of a few days in a row of Sinatra's engagement at the Sabre Room in Hickory Hills, IL back in 1976. Here we've got the second show from 46 years ago tonight.

Closed as of 2016, the Sabre Room was a 2500-person banquet hall on the south side of Chicago.

Here we get a fairly rare performance of "All By Myself" which had been released by Eric Carmen earlier this year. We heard Sinatra's first performance of it from the Westchester Theater in Tarrytown, NY back in early April; Sinatra performed it into the summer of 1976 and that was it--he never recorded it.

Excellent soundboard quality with this show, and Bill Miller is at the podium.

1. Overture
2. Walk-On Music
3. Night And Day
4. For Once In My Life
5. The Lady Is A Tramp
6. Imagination
7. What’s New?
8. Didn’t We?
9. Witchcraft
10. My Way
11. All By Myself
12. I Sing The Songs
13. Monologue
14. Here’s That Rainy Day
15. Send In The Clowns
16. Introduction of Bill Miller
17. My Kind Of Town
18. Exit Fanfare

I'll go ahead and include an advertisement for this engagement along with the songs.

 

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May 14

A double-dip on tap for today--both shows from the Sabre Room outside of Chicago, 46 years ago tonight. Terrific sound with both, and Bill Miller is conducting.

1976-05-14
Hickory Hills, IL
Sabre Room
First Show


1. Night And Day
2. For Once In My Life
3. The Lady Is A Tramp
4. Imagination
5. Didn’t We?
6. Here’s That Rainy Day
7. Witchcraft
8. My Way
9. Monologue
10. All By Myself
11. I Sing The Songs
12. Send In The Clowns
13. My Kind Of Town
14. Exit Fanfare


1976-05-14
Hickory Hills, IL
Sabre Room
Second Show


1. Walk-On Music
2. Night And Day
3. For Once In My Life
4. The Lady Is A Tramp
5. Imagination
6. Didn’t We?
7. Here’s That Rainy Day
8. Witchcraft
9. My Way
10. Monologue
11. All By Myself
12. Send In The Clowns
13. My Kind Of Town
14. Exit Fanfare

 

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May 15

1976-05-15
Hickory Hills, IL
Sabre Room
Second Show


Our third straight day of Sinatra's engagement at the Sabre Room back in 1976. Still great sound, still with Bill Miller conducting.

1. Night And Day
2. For Once In My Life
3. The Lady Is A Tramp
4. Imagination
5. Didn’t We?
6. Here’s That Rainy Day
7. Witchcraft
8. My Way
9. I Sing The Songs
10. Send In The Clowns
11. My Kind Of Town
12. Exit Fanfare

Note that Sinatra also performed "All By Myself" this night and gave a monologue, but neither of them are included in what I've got.

 

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May 16

1986-05-16
Providence, RI
Providence Civic Center


36 years ago this evening Sinatra played the Civic Center in Providence, RI. Decent sound with this one.

1. Overture
2. Where Or When
3. For Once In My Life
4. Bewitched
5. That’s Life
6. Moonlight In Vermont
7. L.A. Is My Lady
8. Someone To Watch Over Me
9. Come Rain Or Come Shine
10. My Heart Stood Still
11. New York, New York
12. Monologue
13. Tony Mottola Solo
14. The Girl From Ipanema
15. Change Partners
16. April In Paris
17. The Best Is Yet To Come
18. Spring Is Here
19. It’s Alright With Me
20. One For My Baby
21. Mack The Knife
22. Exit Fanfare

 

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May 17

1944-05-17
Frank Sinatra In Person, sponsored by Vimms Vitamins (radio show)


From 78 years ago today we have the May 17, 1944 Frank Sinatra In Person radio program, sponsored by Vimms Vitamins.

1) Exactly Like You
2) Comedy sketch with Jerry Lester
3) Some Other Time
4) Comedy sketch with Lester and Bob Burns
5) Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are
6) Comedy sketch with Lester and Burns

Sinatra never recorded "Exactly Like You." Written in 1930 he performed it on the radio for first time on this show, again in 1946, and finally in 1951. The 1946 recording was with Nat "King" Cole.

"Some Other Time" was from the upcoming RKO picture "Step Lively" (in which Sinatra appeared). He had recorded it for the movie soundtrack a few months before this show in February.

Sinatra had recorded "Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are" just a few months before this show, in February 1944. It was also for the RKO picture "Step Lively."

The full show also includes "The Way You Look Tonight" with Sinatra backed by the Vimms Vocalists. Because this is included on the CD set "A Voice On Air" I'm not culling it out as an individual track (but you can hear it on the full program).

Two comedians were on the show--Jerry Lester (who had been on the March 29 FS Show) and Bob Burns. Burns' gimmick was playing a musical instrument he invented called a "bazooka" (unfortunately he did not play it on this show). He had a hillbilly twist to his act and was known as "The Arkansas Traveler."

Note the audio fades out pretty badly on the second comedy sketch.

On a related note, you can hear two rehearsals for this program on the CD collection "A Voice On Air"--"Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are" and "Some Other Time."

 

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May 18

1954-05-18
To Be Perfectly Frank (radio show)


A second straight day of radio for us, this one from 68 years ago today: the May 18, 1954 "To Be Perfect Frank" program. We get two Sinatra songs, both of which are with the Sinatra Symphonette.

Out Of Nowhere--with Sinatra Symphonette
Where Or When--with Sinatra Symphonette

Sinatra performed "Out Of Nowhere" as part of a medley with Tommy Dorsey in 1942 and then recorded a parody of it in 1956 as part of the soundtrack for "The Joker Is Wild." He sang it a few times on the radio in the mid-1940s.

"Where Or When" was an important song in Sinatra's catalog, with studio recordings occurring in 1945, 1958, and 1993. In between there were plenty of instances of him performing it in concerts, on TV, and on the radio.

Here's the full show's lineup:

Out Of Nowhere--with Sinatra Symphonette
I Get So Lonely (Four Knights)
Bright-Eyed & Bushy-Tailed (Eileen Barton and Jimmy Wakely)
Where Or When--with Sinatra Symphonette
Montoona Clipper (Les Brown instrumental)

 
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