Frank’s birthday was December 12th. There are 12 tracks on A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra — his first Christmas album, released by Capitol Records in 1957. We’ll bring them your way in order, between now and December 24.
Of course you’ve gotta figure the Italian kid who was baptized at St. Francis Church in Hoboken is going to break out the Latin as a nod to his parents’ native tongue…
Except he doesn’t. For this version of “Adeste Fideles”, Frank Sinatra runs with the English-language “O Come All Ye Faithful.” A bit of a surprise, really—after all, this album came out two years before the Second Vatican Council.