Hello, Frank Sinatra had been making hit records since his days with the Harry James (1939-1940) and Tommy Dorsey (1940-1942). He went solo in late 1942 and charted 40 Top 10 hits through 1954. Between 1955 and 1980 he would chart 75 more hit records that would reach the Billboard Pop chart. Three of those hits would be #1 hit records on the Billboard Top 100 and Hot 100 chart and 6 of those would be #1 hits on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Frank Sinatra did all of this during the rock and roll years. He was 40 years old when the rock began in 1955.
In October of 1957 he had charted a huge hit record with his classic recording of ALL THE WAY on Capitol Records. The song written by Sammy Cohn and Jimmy Van Heusen is the theme song from the 1957 movie classic, “The Joker Is Wild” starring Frank Sinatra. ALL THE WAY charted at #2 on the Billboard Top 100. The record won an Oscar for “Best Song”. The “B” side of the single was another song from the movie, “The Joker Is Wild”, Frank’s wonderful recording of CHICAGO. The single would also chart on the Top 100 at #84 and become a Sinatra favorite with his fans.
His next record had some big shoes to fill…coming after his huge hit of ALL THE WAY. On January 20, 1958 Frank charted another classic hit record…WITCHCRAFT. This great song was written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. WITCHCRAFT not only was a good follow-up but another Billboard Top 100, Top 10 hit, charting at #6 and remaining on the chart for 16 weeks. The song was composed as an instrumental by Coleman, lyrics were added by Leigh. Frank Sinatra recorded the song in May of 1957, with a Nelson Riddle arrangement. WITCHCRAFT has become a Sinatra favorite and a song that he recorded on three separate occasions, 1957, 1963 on his own Reprise Records label and appearing on the album “Sinatra’s Sinatra” and on the 1993 Capitol records album “Duets” with Anita Baker. At the 1st Grammy Awards, Frank Sinatra was nominated for six Grammy Awards, for his recording of “Witchcraft”.
The “B” side of WITCHCRAFT is one of my favorite Sinatra songs…TELL HER YOU LOVE HER is a beautiful ballad that builds through out the song and Frank’s wonderful voice carries the song of love and romance…a classic love song. The song was recorded on May 20, 1957 the same day as WITCHCRAFT. The song should have been a huge hit on the charts, but did not chart on the Billboard Top 100. It did receive air-play in many markets. WITCHCRAFT and TELL HER YOU LOVE HER are two of the best sides Frank Sinatra ever put on a record. They continue to remain favorites in his huge catalog of great recordings.
Till the next time—Joe