Happy 4th!

This comes from a 1999 compilation album entitled Sing America. It’s very good, but I can’t help thinking it was clearly released before the last 17 years of argument about what America is and what it should be, which has now brought us to Trump. Here’s the track listing: 1. Fanfare For The Common Man …

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Fugue for a Tinhorn President

We all know “Guys and Dolls,” right? Well, here’s a little switch. When Frank Sinatra formed Reprise Records in 1960 Sinatra recruited several artists for the fledgling label, such as fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The original roster from 1961 to 1963 included Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy …

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Fools, fools, fools

Mr. Anthony Newley chastises himself, from 1961’s Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. Sérgio Mendes and Brasil 66 do a great cover of The Beatles’ The Fool on the Hill. A 25-year-old Frank Sinatra sings the Johnny Mercer song Fools Rush In shortly after it was written in 1940. He’s fronting the Tommy …

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