“What the hell was THAT?!?!”
Sinatra certainly admired Goodman—a.k.a. “The King of Swing—inviting the Benny to appear on live radio broadcasts in the mid-1940’s.
Goodman was a stern professional when it came to making music, but he was also a savvy businessman. As Sinatra came into his own as an entertainment force, he no doubt took on some of Goodman’s business sense.
Later on, in 1961, Frank recorded a version of Benny’s big hit, “Don’t Be That Way,” for his album Sinatra Swings—arranged by Billy May.
“Tears are in vain,
so honey, please don’t be that way…”