“I’m for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniel.”
The world was introduced to the term “The Screaming-girls Phenomenon” when this man took the stage. He entertained the world for six decades. He gracefully dealt with all the adulation and criticisms that fame inevitably brings along. Yet this man left a legacy behind, which even the harshest critic would agree. He left his voice behind. He is Frank Sinatra. With 2000 songs and 150 albums, this man made sure that he remained a part of our lives.
For any reviewer, it would be a “next to impossible task” to rate his songs. He left a song for every mood and taste. However, here are five of the most popular songs that Sinatra crooned and took our hearts with. These songs can be downloaded from iTunes.
1) Strangers in the Night- If you know what love tastes like, “Strangers in the Night” will take you on a journey of love, from where there is no return. No doubt, even after decades it was first sung, “Strangers in the Night” still transcends all generations. This song was composed by Bert Kaemfert and lyrics were written by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder.
Sung by Sinatra in 1966, it won him the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Interestingly, Sinatra despised the song and once called it a “Piece of shit.” This song, however, went to the number one spot in both Billboard Hot 100 and the Easy Listening chart.
2) My Way- This song is about a man, who is nearing his end, talking about his life. He talks about a life where he has crossed roads, been good, erred, but he did it all his own way. Written by Paul Anka, Sinatra gave his voice to this song in December 30th, 1968. The song was originally sung in French and performed by Claude Francois. Anka heard it on a holiday. The melodic structure was slightly changed and lyrics completely altered. This song is said to be the most covered song in history.
The song touches the core of every human being as Sinatra sings-
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows –
And did it my way!
3) Summer Wind- This song is a tale of almost every broken heart. It evokes nostalgia and a longing for the bygone days. The song was composed by Heinz Mayer and the lyrics were written by Johnny Mencer. It was first recorded by Wayne Newton in 1965, which charted at number 78. Sinatra added his Midas touch, when he sung it in 1966. It peaked at number twenty five on Billboard pop singles and number one on the Easy Listening Chart. It was first incorporated in Sinatra’s album, “Strangers in the Night.”
4) Come fly with me- The song talks about a lover’s dream, inviting his beloved to exotic locations like Bombay, Peru and Ac apulco Bay. Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and written by Sammy Cahn, it was released as the title track of Sinatra’s 1958 album by the same name. Later it became a part of Sinatra’s concert repertoire.
5) The way you look tonight- Originally performed by Fred Astaire, this song won the Academy Award in 1936. Sinatra sang this song, which talks about a beautiful love confession, in 1964. Anyone in love would love to sing it. Alas! Everyone does not have the voice Sinatra did.
All these songs and many more can be downloaded from here.
Yes! Frank Sinatra lived for decades in fame and public scrutiny. He was a man who was imperfect, just like all of us. He was no stranger to scandals- he was married four times and allegedly had links with the Mafia. But this man left a legacy that has lived through generations. This man left his voice behind. We owe many a moments to this man who crooned his heart on the stage and the audience swayed.
He celebrates his birthday on 12th December. All we can say is, “Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra! Thank you for the music we hold so dear to our hearts.”
The video down below has Sinatra singing “Strangers in the Night.” Have a look:
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