Thursday, January 01, 2015
It Was A Very Good Year
It's a new day and a new year, often used as a time for reflection and resolutions. The title of today's post comes from a 1961 song composed by Ervin Drake originally recorded by Bob Shane with The Kingston Trio. The better known 1965 Frank Sinatra version from the album "September of My Years" removed the folksy flavor of the original, giving it a more soulful feeling which became even more relevant as Sinatra aged. The cover art for the album was by George Bartell, a famous Los Angeles illustrator.
Here's the version made famous by "The Chairman of the Board":
An unexpectedly good version can also be heard by Robbie Williams, which was part of his "Swing When You're Winning" album, recorded in the Capitol Studios off of Hollywood Boulevard.
Here's Williams singing it at the Royal Albert Hall in London:
William Shatner gives a textbook example of how NOT to sing this song:
So how was your 2014? Let's hope the wine continues to improve with age.
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