Riley B. King, known professionally as B. B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many electric blues guitarists. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues", is considered one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar". King was known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing on average at more than 200 concerts per year into his 70s. In 1956 alone, he appeared at 342 shows. King was born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena and worked at a cotton gin in Indianola, Mississippi, he was attracted to music and the guitar in church, began his career in juke joints and local radio. He lived in Memphis and Chicago, toured the world extensively. King died at the age of 89 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 14, 2015.
Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925, on the Berclair cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, the son of sharecroppers Albert and Nora Ella King, he considered the nearby city of Mississippi to be his home. When King was four years old, his mother left his father for another man, so he was raised by his maternal grandmother, Elnora Farr, in Kilmichael, Mississippi. While young, King sang in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael. King was attracted to the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ because of its music; the local minister performed with a Sears Roebuck Silvertone guitar during services. The minister taught King his first three chords, it seems that at the age of 12 he purchased his first guitar for $15.00, although another source indicates he was given his first guitar by Bukka White, his mother's first cousin. In November 1941, "King Biscuit Time" first aired, broadcasting on KFFA in Arkansas, it was a radio show featuring the Mississippi Delta blues. King listened to it while on break at a plantation.
A self-taught guitarist, he wanted to become a radio musician. In 1943, King left Kilmichael to work as a tractor driver and play guitar with the Famous St. John's Gospel Singers of Inverness, performing at area churches and on WGRM in Greenwood, Mississippi. In 1946, King followed Bukka White to Tennessee. White took him in for the next ten months. However, King returned to Mississippi shortly afterward, where he decided to prepare himself better for the next visit, returned to West Memphis, two years in 1948, he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM in West Memphis, where he began to develop an audience. King's appearances led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, to a ten-minute spot on the Memphis radio station WDIA; the radio spot became so popular that it became the Sepia Swing Club. He worked at WDIA as a singer and disc jockey, where he was given the nickname "Beale Street Blues Boy" shortened to "Blues Boy", to B. B, it was there. King said, "Once I'd heard him for the first time, I knew I'd have to have myself.'Had' to have one, short of stealing!"
In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records. Many of King's early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who founded Sun Records. Before his RPM contract, King had debuted on Bullet Records by issuing the single, "Miss Martha King", which did not chart well. "My first recordings were for a company out of Nashville called Bullet, the Bullet Record Transcription company," King recalled. "I had horns that first session. I had Phineas Newborn on piano. I had Tuff Green on bass, Ben Branch on tenor sax, his brother, Thomas, on trumpet, a lady trombone player; the Newborn family were the house band at the famous Plantation Inn in West Memphis."King assembled his own band. B. King Review, under the leadership of Millard Lee; the band consisted of Calvin Owens and Kenneth Sands, Lawrence Burdin, George Coleman, Floyd Newman, Millard Lee, George Joyner and Earl Forest and Ted Curry. Onzie Horne was a trained musician elicited as an arranger to assist King with his compositions.
By his own admission, King could not play chords always relied on improvisation. King's recording contract was followed by tours across the United States, with performances in major theaters in cities such as Washington, D. C. Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, as well as numerous gigs in small clubs and juke joints of the southern United States. During one show in Twist, Arkansas, a brawl caused a fire, he went back to retrieve his guitar. He said he found out that the two men were fighting over a woman named Lucille, he named the guitar Lucille, as a reminder not to fight over women or run into any more burning buildings. Following his first Billboard Rhythm and Blues charted number one, "3 O'Clock Blues", B. B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music in the 1950s, amassing an impressive list of hits including "You Know I Love You", "Woke Up This Morning", "Please Love Me", "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer", "Whole Lotta Love", "You Upset Me Baby", "Every Day I Have the Blues", "Sneakin' Around", "Ten Lo
Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall is the sixth album by the Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, released through Geffen Records in December 2007. The album consists of live recordings from his sold-out June 14–15, 2006, tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall to the American actress and singer Judy Garland. Backed by a 36-piece orchestra conducted by Stephen Oremus, Wainwright recreated Garland's April 23, 1961, concert considered "the greatest night in show business history". Garland's 1961 double album, Judy at Carnegie Hall, a comeback performance with more than 25 American pop and jazz standards, was successful spending 95 weeks on the Billboard charts and garnering five Grammy Awards. For his album, Wainwright was recognized by the Grammy Awards, earning a 2009 nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. While the tribute concerts were popular and the album was well received by critics, album sales were limited. Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall managed to chart in three nations, peaking at number 84 in Belgium, number 88 in the Netherlands and number 171 on the United States' Billboard 200.
Guests on the album include Wainwright's sister Martha Wainwright, his mother Kate McGarrigle, along with one of Garland's daughters, Lorna Luft. Related to the album, the February 25, 2007 tribute concert filmed at the London Palladium was released on DVD as Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!: Live from the London Palladium on December 4, 2007. According to Pitchfork Media, Wainwright "started listening to the Carnegie Hall album in the weeks and months after September 11, craving some cheap showbiz cheer, but wound up discovering something deeper"; the subsequent War on Terrorism and invasion of Iraq caused Wainwright to become "traumatized and disillusioned with anything American". Claiming he was reminded of how great "the US used to be", Wainwright said the following of his appreciation for the album during that turbulent time in American history: Somehow that album, no matter how dark things seemed, made everything brighten, she had this capacity to lighten the world through the innocence of her sound.
Her anchor to the material was through her devotion to music. You never feel that she didn't believe every word of every song she sang. I find the political and socioeconomic environment we live in oppressive and worrying, but every time I put on that live album, I was put in a better mood. I was given a sense of hope and a sense of escape, only because so much of modern-day culture and radio—and what's prized by our society—is so empty, and of course I would sing along. Wainwright observed while driving in his car that "it be funny to redo this as a song cycle". Soon afterwards, he took the idea to New York-based theatrical producer Jared Geller, hoping to turn a dream into a reality. Geller thought the idea was "insane", but he and Wainwright continued discussing options. Geller agreed to assist with the production and the two found space in Wainwright's schedule to book Carnegie Hall a year in advance. Once the venue was booked, staging elements such as lighting, microphone location and amplification were discussed.
Stephen Oremus signed on as the conductor of the 36-piece orchestra and Phil Ramone took charge of the recording. Rehearsals began in April 2006, while it would have been easier to practice in rehearsal rooms, large theaters such as the Lynch at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Museum of Jewish Heritage were utilized because "Rufus wanted a feel for performing this material on a stage"; as a result of financial restrictions, full orchestra rehearsals took place only two days before the show and the day of each performance. Due to popular demand, Wainwright's tribute was performed a total of six times. After tickets for the first show sold out, a second show was added at the same venue for the following night. Increased demand resulted in three concerts in Europe: February 18, 2007 at the London Palladium in London, February 20 at L'Olympia in Paris and February 25 once again at the London Palladium; the final performance was on September 2007 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.
Part of the success of the tribute concerts can be attributed to the amount of press attention received and the eagerness of other artists to participate in the event. As written by Gaby Wood of The Guardian, Wainwright "sparkled on the cover of Time Out New York" and was "adored in the pages of The New York Times" following the Carnegie Hall shows. In fashion designer Marc Jacobs' menswear boutique in Greenwich Village, "virtually nothing was for sale except T-shirts advertising the show". Film director Sam Mendes planned to create a documentary about Wainwright's re-creation and the work leading up to it, though the project fell through. Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf outfitted his family members for the concerts. To return the favor Wainwright wrote the song "Ode to Antidote" and allowed its use in the promotion of the design duo's cologne, "Antidote", he helped premiere the cologne at the after-party for his first Garland tribute and performed "Over the Rainbow" at the premiere of their Spring 2007 fashion line.
Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy at Carnegie Hall is a two-record live recording of a concert by Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall in New York, with backing orchestra led by Mort Lindsey. This concert appearance, on the night of Sunday April 23, 1961, has been called "the greatest night in show business history". Garland's live performances were a big success at the time and her record company wanted to capture that energy onto a recording; the double album became a hit, both commercially. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, making Garland the first woman to win the award. Garland's career had moved from movies in the 1940s, to vaudeville and elaborate stage shows in the 1950s, she suffered from drug and alcohol abuse, and, by 1959, had become overweight and ill and needed extensive medical treatment. After a long convalescence, weight loss, vocal rest, she returned in 1960 to the concert stage with a simple program of "just Judy". Garland's 1960–1961 tour of Europe and North America was a success, her stage presence was regarded.
Garland was billed as "The World's Greatest Entertainer". Audiences were documented as leaving their seats and crowding around the stage to be closer to Garland, called her back for encore after encore asking her to repeat a song after her book of arrangements was completed; the double album was an enormous best seller, charting for 73 weeks on the Billboard charts, including 13 weeks at No. 1, being certified gold. It won four Grammy Awards, for Album of the Year, Best Female Vocal Performance, Best Engineered Album, Best Album Cover; the album has never been out of print. In 2003, the album was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In June 2006, Rufus Wainwright did his own homage to Garland's night by recreating the concert in its entirety at Carnegie Hall, with Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, released as album in December 2007. In 2001, Capitol released Judy at Carnegie Hall as a double Compact Disc set; this edition has the songs in their original running order, includes material, not on the original LP set: Garland's monologues and comments to the audience and orchestra.
These "extras" appear at the end of most of the tracks. The CD release purports to reproduce the concert as the Carnegie Hall audience heard it, "warts and all." The Judy Garland Online Discography "Judy At Carnegie Hall" pages. Library of Congress essay on recordings addition to the National Recording Registry. "A Lot to Learn from'Judy at Carnegie Hall'", David Was, National Public Radio, June 10, 2006
St. Louis Woman
St. Louis Woman is a musical by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer; the musical opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York on March 30, 1946, ran for 113 performances. The original cast included Robert Pope, Harold Nicholas, Fayard Nicholas, June Hawkins, Pearl Bailey, Ruby Hill, Rex Ingram, Milton J. Williams, it is based upon the novel God Sends Sunday by African-American writer Arna Bontemps. The idea for St. Louis Woman was imagined by Hollywood producer Ed Gross, who wanted to create a musical based upon Arna Bontemps' novel God Sends Sunday; the novel had been adapted into a straight theatrical stage play by Bontemps and poet Countee Cullen in the early 1930s. Gross wanted a musical for the talents of Lena Horne and thought that a musical version of Bontemps' novel would be a powerful vehicle for her, he approached Cullen to write Arlen and Mercer to write the music for the project. All of them accepted. Although Arlen and Mercer created what some consider to be their best score, the musical suffered from many misfortunes during production.
First, the book suffered several serious problems. The show was not a comedy and did not lend itself to standard Broadway musical treatment of its themes. Throughout the drama, any happiness the characters attain is offset by the deepest feeling of gloom; the correct balance for a musical comedy was never achieved, a book that could have become an opera was treated neither humorously nor dramatically. These problems were compounded by the fact that Cullen died before rehearsals began, Ayers and Rouben Mamoulian, who came in after to work on the show's narrative, could not fix the show's sprawling plot. Secondly, the NAACP criticised the musical for "offering roles that detract from the dignity of our race". Lena Horne agreed with this assessment and refused to star in the show saying she had no intention of portraying "a flashy lady of easy virtue"; when the show opened there were several protests by African Americans outside the theatre, which negatively affected sales. The show suffered several staffing problems.
The choreographer was replaced midway through production and the show's leading lady, Ruby Hill, was replaced after its pre-Broadway tryout in Boston. Hill returned to the show after only three performances in New York at the insistence of the show's cast, in particular Pearl Bailey; the show opened at the Martin Beck Theater on March 30, 1946, lasted for only 113 performances. The story is set in St Louis in 1898. Little Augie, a jockey, on a winning streak, is enamoured of Della Green, the belle of St Louis. Della, however, is the girlfriend of the proprietor of the local bar. Biglow is abusive toward Della and she decides to leave him. Brown's previous mistress, Lila, is still around, and there is the barmaid, Butterfly. She is in love with Barney, another jockey, but unlike Little Augie, Barney is older and not that lucky, but Butterfly doesn't want things to go too far with Barney until she gets that elusive wedding ring. It's cakewalking time and Augie attracts the attention and admiration of Della with his virtuoso performance of the cakewalk.
Things go so well between them that they agree to prepare plans to marry. But, things are not destined to go smoothly. While Augie is off at the racetrack, Della gets an unwelcome visit from Biglow Brown; when she refuses to have anything more to do with him he beats her. It is at this point that Lila begs Biglow to take her back. Augie returns and a shot is fired. Brown believing he has been shot by Augie swears a curse on him although it was, in fact, Lila who fired the gun. Although Augie is suspected by everyone that he killed Biglow Brown, it is at Brown's funeral that Lila confesses. However, the curse cast by Brown seems to be working. Augie's horses are no longer winning and Della blames herself for all the problems that have overcome them, she leaves. Della's new friend, the new bar-owner, nonetheless tells Augie of Della's true feelings. Augie believes the curse to be so much mumbo-jumbo. He'll win his next race and he and Della can get back together again, he does - and they do! Act 1 Scene I: A stable, early afternoon of a day in August.
Scene 2: Biglow's bar, late afternoon, the same day. Scene 3: Outside Barney's room, at twilight. Scene 4: A ballroom, evening of the same day. Act 2 Scene 1: Augie's and Della's home, late afternoon, the following week. Scene 2: The alley. Scene 3: Funeral Parlour. Act 3 Scene 1: Augie's and Della's home, early evening. Scene 2: The alley. Scene 3: The bar. Scene 4: The stable. Scene 5: Street corner close to the race track. St. Louis Woman at the Internet Broadway Database
John Herndon Mercer was an American lyricist and singer. He was a record label executive who co-founded Capitol Records with music industry businessman Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. Wallichs, he is best known as a Tin Pan Alley lyricist, but he composed music. He was a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as songs written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time, he wrote the lyrics including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, won four Best Original Song Oscars. Mercer was born in Georgia, his father, George Anderson Mercer, was a prominent attorney and real-estate developer, his mother, Lillian Elizabeth, George Mercer's secretary and second wife, was the daughter of a Croatian immigrant father and a mother with Irish ancestry. Lillian's father was a merchant seaman who ran the Union blockade during the U. S. Civil War. Mercer was George's fourth son, first by Lillian.
His great-grandfather was Confederate General Hugh Weedon Mercer and he was a direct descendant of American Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer, a Scottish soldier-physician who died at the Battle of Princeton. Mercer was a distant cousin of General George S. Patton; the construction of Mercer House in Savannah was started by General Hugh Weedon Mercer in 1860. Neither the General, nor Mercer himself lived there, his mother's father was born in Lastovo, Croatia in 1834 to mother Ivana Cucevic and father Marijo Dundovic. Mercer liked music as a small child and attributed his musical talent to his mother, who would sing sentimental ballads. Mercer's father sang old Scottish songs, his aunt told him he was humming music when he was six months old and she took him to see minstrel and vaudeville shows where he heard "coon songs" and ragtime. The family's summer home "Vernon View" was on the tidal waters and Mercer's long summers there among mossy trees, saltwater marshes, soft, starry nights inspired him years later.
Mercer's exposure to black music was unique among the white songwriters of his generation. As a child, Mercer had African-American playmates and servants, he listened to the fishermen and vendors about him, who spoke and sang in the dialect known as "Geechee", he was attracted to black church services. Mercer stated, "Songs always fascinated me more than anything." He had no formal musical training but was singing in a choir by six and at 11 or 12 he had memorized all of the songs he had heard and became curious about who wrote them. He once asked his brother who the best songwriter was, his brother said Irving Berlin, among the best of Tin Pan Alley. Despite Mercer's early exposure to music, his talent was in creating the words and singing, not in playing music, though early on he had hoped to become a composer. In addition to the lyrics that Mercer memorized, he wrote adventure stories, his attempts to play the trumpet and piano were not successful, he never could read musical scores with any facility, relying instead on his own notation system.
As a teenager in the Jazz Era, he was a product of his age. He hunted for records in the black section of Savannah and played such early black jazz greats as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, his father owned the first car in town, Mercer's teenage social life was enhanced by his driving privilege, which sometimes verged on recklessness. The family would motor to the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina to escape the Savannah heat and there Mercer learned to dance and to flirt with Southern belles, his natural sense of rhythm helping him on both accounts. Mercer wrote a humorous song called "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry". Mercer attended the exclusive Woodberry Forest School in Virginia until 1927. Although not a top student, he was active in literary and poetry societies and as a humor writer for the school's publications. In addition, his exposure to classic literature augmented his rich store of vocabulary and phraseology, he began to scribble ingenious, sometimes strained, rhymed phrases for use.
Mercer was the class clown and a prankster, member of the "hop" committee that booked musical entertainment on campus. Mercer was somewhat of an authority on jazz at an early age, his yearbook stated, "No orchestra or new production can be authoritatively termed'good' until Johnny's stamp of approval has been placed upon it. His ability to'get hot' under all conditions and at all times is uncanny." Mercer began to write songs, an early effort being "Sister Susie, Strut Your Stuff", learned the powerful effect songs had on girls. Given his family's proud history and association with Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University, Mercer was destined for school there until his father's financial setbacks in the late 1920s changed those plans, he went to work in his father's recovering business, collecting rent and running errands, but soon grew bored with the routine and with Savannah, looked to escape. Mercer moved to New York in 1928, when he was 19; the music he loved and blues, was booming in Harlem and Broadway was bursting with musicals and revues from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin.
Vaudeville, though beginning to fade, was still a strong musical presence. Mercer's first few jobs were as a bit actor. Hole
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, intonation, a "horn-like" improvisational ability in her scat singing. After a tumultuous adolescence, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across the country but most associated with the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, her rendition of the nursery rhyme "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" helped boost both her and Webb to national fame. After taking over the band when Webb died, Fitzgerald left it behind in 1942 to start her solo career, her manager was Moe Gale, co-founder of the Savoy, until she turned the rest of her career over to Norman Granz, who founded Verve Records to produce new records by Fitzgerald. With Verve she recorded some of her more noted works her interpretations of the Great American Songbook. While Fitzgerald appeared in movies and as a guest on popular television shows in the second half of the twentieth century, her musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, The Ink Spots were some of her most notable acts outside of her solo career.
These partnerships produced some of her best-known songs such as "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Cheek to Cheek", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", "It Don't Mean a Thing". In 1993, she ended her nearly 60-year career with her last public performance. Three years she died at the age of 79 after years of declining health, her accolades included fourteen Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Fitzgerald was born on April 1917, in Newport News, Virginia, she was the daughter of Temperance "Tempie" Henry. Her parents lived together for at least two and a half years after she was born. In the early 1920s, Fitzgerald's mother and her new partner, a Portuguese immigrant named Joseph Da Silva, moved to Yonkers, in Westchester County, New York, her half-sister, Frances Da Silva, was born in 1923. By 1925, Fitzgerald and her family had moved to a poor Italian area, she began her formal education at the age of six and was an outstanding student, moving through a variety of schools before attending Benjamin Franklin Junior High School in 1929.
Starting in third grade, Fitzgerald admired Earl Snakehips Tucker. She performed for her peers on the way at lunchtime, she and her family were Methodists and were active in the Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she attended worship services, Bible study, Sunday school. The church provided Fitzgerald with her earliest experiences in music. Fitzgerald listened to jazz recordings by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, The Boswell Sisters, she idolized the Boswell Sisters' lead singer Connee Boswell saying, "My mother brought home one of her records, I fell in love with it... I tried so hard to sound just like her."In 1932, when Fitzgerald was fifteen, her mother died from injuries received in a car accident. Her stepfather took care of her until April 1933; this swift change in her circumstances, reinforced by what Fitzgerald biographer Stuart Nicholson describes as rumors of "ill treatment" by her stepfather, leaves him to speculate that Da Silva might have abused her. Fitzgerald began skipping school, her grades suffered.
She worked as a lookout with a Mafia-affiliated numbers runner. She never talked publicly about this time in her life; when the authorities caught up with her, she was placed in the Colored Orphan Asylum in Riverdale in the Bronx. When the orphanage proved too crowded, she was moved to the New York Training School for Girls, a state reformatory school in Hudson, New York. While she seems to have survived during 1933 and 1934 in part from singing on the streets of Harlem, Fitzgerald made her most important debut at age 17 on November 21, 1934, in one of the earliest Amateur Nights at the Apollo Theater, she had intended to go on stage and dance, but she was intimidated by a local dance duo called the Edwards Sisters and opted to sing instead. Performing in the style of Connee Boswell, she sang "Judy" and "The Object of My Affection" and won first prize, she won the chance to perform at the Apollo for a week but because of her disheveled appearance, the theater never gave her that part of her prize.
In January 1935, Fitzgerald won the chance to perform for a week with the Tiny Bradshaw band at the Harlem Opera House. She was introduced to drummer and bandleader Chick Webb, who had asked his signed singer Charlie Linton to help find him a female singer. Although Webb was "reluctant to sign her...because she was gawky and unkempt, a'diamond in the rough,'" he offered her the opportunity to test with his band when they played a dance at Yale University. Met with approval by both audiences and her fellow musicians, Fitzgerald was asked to join Webb's orchestra and gained acclaim as part of the group's performances at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. Fitzgerald recorded several hit songs, including "Love and Kisses" and " You'll Have to Swing It", but it was her 1938 version of the nursery rhyme, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket", a song she co-wrote, that brought her public acclaim. "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" became a major hit on the radio and was one of the biggest-selling records of the decade. Webb died of spinal tuberculosis on June 16, 1939, his band was renamed Ella and Her Famous Orchestra with Fitzgerald taking on the role of bandleader.
She recorded nearly 150 songs with Webb's orchestra between 1935 and 1942. In The New York Times obituary o
Sinatra and Strings
Sinatra and Strings is a 1962 album by Frank Sinatra consisting of standard ballads. "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" – 3:44 "Night and Day" – 3:37 "Misty" – 2:41 "Stardust" – 2:48 "Come Rain or Come Shine" – 4:06 "It Might as Well Be Spring" – 3:15 "Prisoner of Love" – 3:50 "That's All" – 3:21 "All or Nothing at All" – 3:43 "Yesterdays" – 3:45 Bonus tracks included on the 1991 CD release: "As You Desire Me" – 2:53 "Don't Take Your Love from Me" – 4:05 Frank Sinatra - vocals Don Costa - arranger, conductor