The Song: Cole Porter’s “Night And Day”
The Contestants: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra: 2
This wasn’t even close. Frank Sinatra garnered only two votes (both, I might point out, from members of my family). Uncle Jack compared the battle between Ella and Frank to some of the greatest battles in history (Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Louis, Babe Ruth vs. Hank Aaron, etc.). I guess you could say Ella won by a knockout. Or a home run. Maybe I should have declared the winner by the weekend, citing the mercy rule (a/k/a the slaughter rule).
No matter. Both Ella and Frank were incredible singers. Congratulations to Ella, kudos to Frank, and a big “thank you” to them from me and music fans everywhere for the sheer volume of fine music each of them turned out in their lifetimes.
Next battle is next Thursday, December 15, 2016, so mark your calendars.