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Sylvia Syms: Syms By Sinatra

1982 Reprise

Tracks

1. Hooray For Love
2. All My Tomorrows
3. By Myself
4. You Go To My Head
5. Close Enough For Love
6. Them There Eyes
7. Someone To Light Up My Life
8. I Thought About You
9. You Must Believe In Spring
10. Old Devil Moon

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For The Record

For the brilliant song-stylist Sylvia Syms this collaboration was 'the culmination of a dream' which began in the early 1940s when she and FS met on Fifty-second Street. They had both gone to hear Billie Holiday in one of the many small clubs, and 'Lady Day' introduced them to each other. She took the aspiring Sylvia, and Frank, who had just joined Tommy Dorsey's band, across the street to see Mabel Mercer.

Sylvia Syms: 'Mabel was not a great singer, but she had a way with words and phrasing that was unique. "Lady," whose talent was just the opposite, had an animal instinct about Mabel, and enjoyed bringing people to listen to her.'

My father admired Holiday and Mercer, and both he and Sylvia were influenced by them.

Dad produced and conducted this album for 'Buddha,' as he calls Syms. Don Costa had a heart attack just before the recording sessions began. These were the last arrangements Don wrote.

Sylvia said that as a conductor, 'your Papa put phrasing into my mouth that had never occurred to me–and it became incredibly simple. He is the greatest delineator of words. I sit and watch him even now, as a performer watching another performer, not believing the lessons I'm learning.'

From Nancy Sinatra's Book: Frank Sinatra: My Father

Related Releases

YearFmtCatalogTitleLabel
1961 33-12" KL-1236/KS-3236 Sylvia Syms: That Man (Love Letter To Frank Sinatra) Other
1982 33-12" 1-23724 Sylvia Syms: Syms By Sinatra [Loaned For Promotion Only] Reprise
1982 33-12" 1-23724 Sylvia Syms: Syms By Sinatra Reprise
1982 45-7" 7-29869 Them There Eyes Reprise
1982 Cassette 4-23724 Sylvia Syms: Syms By Sinatra [Dolby System] Reprise


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