Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's amazing how well Sinatra sang when you consider how much sex he got

"You won't make much money but you'll get more pussy than Frank Sinatra."

With those words Ronnie Hawkins convinced Robbie Robertson and his fellow teenagers to sign up as his backing band the Hawks.

I often think about this line and whether Frank did indeed get more women than Elvis Presley or Steve McQueen or, well, name your contender.

And then I was listening to this tremendous playlist somebody's put together of Sinatra's performances of the songs that Bob Dylan did on "Shadows In The Night".

A lot of the recordings that built Sinatra's reputation were of songs where the woman leaves him. This is a situation of which he had so little real-life experience to call upon that it can only increase your admiration for his artistry.


  1. True - but when Ava Gardner left him in 1951 he produced one of his greatest songs "I'm A Fool To Want You". Talk about maudlin and self-pitying, it's the perfect song to depress yourself to after being dumped. It's also one of the rare occasions when he took a writing credit (unlike Elvis...). Maybe if they'd left him more often he'd have left us more gems like that one...

    Not sure what your rules are on hyperlinks but it's on Youtube here - prepare yourself for a sniffle:

  2. Yes, it's all about Ava