The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (216): Just a matter of time

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (216): Just a matter of time


norman lebrecht

October 26, 2020

Our second clip from Sinatra’s It Happened In Brooklyn (1947).



  • Greg Bottini says:

    Thanks for posting this clip, Norm.
    (Just trying out the diminutive – what do you think, Norm/Norman? I’ll keep using it if you don’t object.)
    Sinatra was a superb artist – he could sing, dance, act – and sound and look great doing them.
    He was and is the master of popular singing, and the master of what is called “The Great American Songbook”.
    Sinatra’s career can be divided into three parts, conveniently coinciding with the labels he recorded for: the Columbia years (young, gorgeous voice, sweet and dreamy on ballads and teenagely vibrant in uptempo numbers), the Capitol years (his prime: swinging madly in the uptempo tunes and matchlessly expressive and deeply emotional in ballads and what he described as “saloon songs”), and the Reprise years (his voice aging and a bit frayed but still potent – the years of his top 40 hits such as “Strangers In The Night” and “It Was a Very Good Year”).
    In all three of these periods, Sinatra employed only the finest in arrangers, composers, and accompanying musicians.
    He and Tony Bennett (the other master of the genre) frequently named each other as their own favorite singer. (If you have any doubts about Tony, check out his records with Bill Evans. And keep a box of tissues at the ready.)
    BTW, appearing with Frank in this clip is of course Jimmy Durante. JD is another wonderful entertainer who once worked as a double act with Buster Keaton and went on to be everyone’s favorite schnozzola.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Yes he always had the finest arrangers and musicians. Thanks Norman.

  • E says:

    Thank you for posting this.I feel somewhere between tears and joy hearing it.