Monday’s Music Moves Me: Frank, Dean, Glenn

Happy birthday to Marie’s mom! Marie chose as today’s theme songs by her Mom’s three favorite artists: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Glenn Miller. Here are four of each.

  1. Frank Sinatra, "My Kind Of Town (Chicago Is)": From the 1964 movie Robin and the 7 Hoods, which starred Frank, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bing Crosby, a song by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn (two of Frank’s favorite songwriters).

  2. Frank Sinatra, "I’ve Got You Under My Skin": A song by Cole Porter that was introduced by Virginia Bruce in the 1936 Eleanor Powell film Born To Dance. This became one of Frank’s signature songs.

  3. Frank Sinatra, "The Coffee Song": A novelty song written by Bob Hilliard and Dick Miles and first recorded by Frank in 1946. The song is about Brazil’s coffee surplus, and jokes that there are no other drinks than coffee there.

  4. Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York": From the 1977 movie of the same name that starred Liza Minnelli and Robert DeNiro. It was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and also became a signature song for Frank.

  5. Dean Martin, "Sway (¿Quién será?)": Written by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz as "¿Quién será?" for Pedro Infante, who recorded it in 1954. Norman Gimbel wrote the English lyrics as "Sway" and Dean was the first person to record it, also in 1954. His was the most successful.

  6. Dean Martin, "Volare": Written as "Nel blu, dipinto di blu" by the Italian composer Domenico Modugno, the original won the Sanremo Music Festival and placed third in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest. Dean’s version reached #15 on the Hot 100 and #2 in the UK.

  7. Dean Martin, "Return To Me": Written by Carmen Lombardo and Danny Di Minno, it reached #4 in the US, #5 in Canada, and #2 in the UK in 1958. Dean also recorded this for his 1961 album Dino: Italian Love Songs.

  8. Dean Martin, "Everybody Loves Somebody": Written by Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor, and Ken Lane in 1947, it was the title song from Dean’s 1964 album. It was a #1 single, his first since 1958.

  9. Glenn Miller, "In The Mood": A song written by Wingy Manone as "Tar Paper Stomp." Joe Garland wrote the arrangement that Miller used on his 1939 release, and lyrics were added later by Andy Razaf. This was the best-selling Swing instrumental.

  10. Glenn Miller, "String Of Pearls": Written by Jerry Gray and Eddie DeLange. Miller recorded it in 1941 and became a #1 hit.

  11. Glenn Miller, "Stardust": The Hoagy Carmichael song from 1927. Glenn and his orchestra recorded it in 1940.

  12. Glenn Miller, "Moonlight Serenade": Glenn wrote this, with lyrics added by Mitchell Parrish later. The 1939 recording spent 15 weeks on the charts, peaking at #3.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 29, 2021.

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19 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Frank, Dean, Glenn

  1. I’ve amazed myself with how many of these songs I know (although I don’t always know the title, especially with Glenn Miller, and sometimes not even the artist). It’s not my preferred genre but these standards make one great playlist. And, as a native of New York City, I love “New York, New York.” especially.

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    1. They buried Frank with a pint of Jack Daniel’s, a pack of Camels, a brand new Zippo lighter, and a roll of dimes (he told his kids to always have a dime to call home). I love that story….

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