My close friends and sampodders know my answer to this one...Frank Sinatra said Vic Damone had the best pipes in the business. This song proves that fact (excluding Doris Day):
That said...I don't want to give short shrift to some of the other fabulous singers besides Frank and Vic. I was lucky to grow up in the 50's when we took good singers for granted. And when I say good singers, I am talking EXCEPTIONAL. Here's a short list:
SAMMY DAVIS JR
NAT KING COLE
I could go on and on....let's just say that is enough to prove my point!
VIC DAMONE and DORIS DAY.....what a heavenly vocal pairing. Too bad it never happened. Would love to have heard them singing together, especially on the song they both had a monster hit with in 1949, "AGAIN".
Mike, I choose those two Sinatra songs because they are my favorites too. The first is quintesential "Chairman of the Board" Sinatra really belting it out, hanging it all out on love. Hard to beat, and the arrangement. Try singing along, and you will quickly discover how difficult it is to hit those high notes with any gusto.
"Time After Time" quintesential warm and fuzzy Sinatra. My favorite too. Such a lovely song.
Shirley Bassey does a nice girl version. Maybe Sinatra, Mr. Piano Man, got the notion from this flick?
I purchased "Ray Anthony's Story of the Big Band Era" on DVD. It was really cool! With guest appearance by Les Brown and others. It almost looks like Doris at the table in the front, but it's not. There are 6-parts. Les Brown is in the last segment.
Definitely view at full screen. You have to slide the bar at the bottom of the post over to the right to see the full screen access.
In 5th grade I took up the trombone. My next door neighbor friend, who was a year older than me, played trombone. His grandfather was a famous former director of the University of Michigan Marching Band, so I wanted to play trombone too.
I was "first chair" most of the time in the trombone class at my elementry school. One day, we got a new teacher, Mr. Thiopojopavich, or something like that? I could never pronounce it. So one day, being a excited 10-year old, and wanting to ask him a question, I said: "Hey you" to get his attention. He turned to me, and said: "My name is Mr. Thiopojopavich, don't ever call me 'hey you!' Now pack up your instrument, and go back to your classroom." I tried to explain that I didn't know how to pronouce his name, but he was offended, and kicked me out anyway - it was a rude awakening. I lost interest after that. But I still like the trombone. Bartender, hit me again.