A Swingin’ Affair! is the twelfth studio album by Frank Sinatra.
This is the kind of Sinatra I like most, the swingin’ type, it’s my favorite Sinatra sound. I’m not a fan of Nelson Riddle, but somehow it seems to work here.
My copy is from around 1957 as can be told by the label which is the dark gray with silver lettering. It is mono even though it doesn’t say it is, that is because they were not making stereo records in 1957. I can also tell by the sound of course.
I’ll give a small breakdown here with much info from Wikipedia as I am not familiar with any of the originals here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Swingin%27_Affair!
“Night and Day” (Cole Porter) – This was a popular song by Cole Porter. It is perhaps Porter’s most popular contribution to the Great American Songbook and has been recorded by dozens of artists. Fred Astaire introduced “Night and Day” on stage, and his recording of the song was a #1 hit.
There are several accounts on how Porter got inspiration to compose the song. One mentions that he was inspired by Islamic prayer when he visited Morocco. Another popular legend has it he was inspired by the Moorish architecture of the Alcazar Hotel in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
The song was so associated with Porter, that when Hollywood first filmed his life story in 1946, the movie was entitled Night and Day. Frank Sinatra recorded the song at least five times including with Nelson Riddle in 1956 for A Swingin’ Affair!. When Harry James heard a then-unknown Sinatra sing this song, he signed him.
“I Wish I Were in Love Again” (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – this is a show tune from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms.
“I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin'” (DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – While I am no fan of Gershwin, the way Sinatra does it makes it enjoyable. This is a song composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 “folk-opera” Porgy and Bess (1934). The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based, and Ira Gershwin. It is one of the most famous songs from the opera and it has been recorded by hundreds of singers and music groups.
The song expresses a cheerful acceptance of poverty as freedom from worldly cares.
“I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan” (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) – The music was written by Arthur Schwartz; the lyrics by Howard Dietz. The song was published in 1929. The song was introduced by Clifton Webb in the 1929 revue The Little Show and sung by Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan in the 1953 musical film, “The Band Wagon.” It was also used as incidental music in the film “The Big Sleep” and has become a pop standard, recorded by many artists.
“Nice Work If You Can Get It” (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – The music was written by George Gershwin, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was one of nine songs George Gershwin wrote for the movie A Damsel in Distress, in which it was performed by Fred Astaire with backing vocals provided by The Stafford Sisters. The song was published in 1937.
“Stars Fell on Alabama” (Frank Perkins, Mitchell Parish) – This is the title of a 1934 jazz standard composed by Frank Perkins with lyrics by Mitchell Parish.
“No One Ever Tells You” (Hub Atwood, Carroll Coates)
“I Won’t Dance” (Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Dorothy Fields) – “I Won’t Dance” is a jazz standard song with music by Jerome Kern, that has had two different sets of lyrics, the first written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach in 1934, the second written by Dorothy Fields in 1935. The two sets of lyrics share little but the common refrain of “I won’t dance”. The second set of lyrics is the much better known one, and the song in this form has been covered by many artists.
“The Lonesome Road” (Nat Shilkret, Gene Austin) – is a 1927 song with music by Nathaniel Shilkret and lyrics by Gene Austin, alternately titled “Lonesome Road”, “Look Down that Lonesome Road” and “Lonesome Road Blues.” It was written in the style of an African-American folk song.
“At Long Last Love” (Porter) – is a popular song written by Cole Porter, for his 1938 musical You Never Know, where it was introduced by Clifton Webb
“You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” (Porter) – is a popular song written by Cole Porter for the 1943 film Something to Shout About, where it was introduced by Janet Blair and Don Ameche. Dinah Shore had a major hit with the song at the time of its introduction.
“I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) – is a pop and jazz standard with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster published in 1941. It was introduced in the musical revue Jump for Joy by Ivie Anderson, who also provided vocals for Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.
“From This Moment On” (Porter) – is a 1950 popular song written by Cole Porter
“If I Had You” (Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Ted Shapiro)
“Oh! Look at Me Now” (Joe Bushkin, John DeVries) – is a 1941 song composed by Joe Bushkin, with lyrics by John DeVries. It is strongly associated with Frank Sinatra, who first recorded it with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra, in an arrangement by Sy Oliver. Sinatra re-recorded the song for his 1957 A Swingin’ Affair!, this time arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle.
Night and Day:https://youtu.be/p_qufb1uWs0