Fridays Are For Frank: “Ring-A-Ding-Ding” — #Sinatra101
(ABOVE: photo by Robert Wagner)
Here at hMAG, “Fridays Are For Frank,” but Monday, December 12th, is Sinatra’s birthday.
So let’s make it a three-day weekend of Frank then…
To mark the occasion of his 101st birthday, we’ll run a little #Sinatra101 this weekend, looking back at some of our coverage of Francis Albert Sinatra, the “Skinny Kid from Hoboken” who went from 415 Monroe Street to the top of the heap. Because we all know, “It’s Sinatra’s World, We Just Live in It”…
To get the weekend started off on the right foot, here’s “Ring-a-Ding-Ding!”
This toe-tapper is the title track off Sinatra’s 1961 album—the first to be released by his Reprise label—which more or less set the tone for the Rat Pack era. The idea was “an album without ballads”, offering only uptempo swing numbers.
The song itself was written specifically for Sinatra by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. “Ring-a-Ding-Ding!” reached No. 4, and managed to maintain a 35-week stay on the charts.
Better than any cup of coffee on a Friday morning…
For more information on Sinatra, visit the Hoboken Historical Museum (1301 Hudson Street).