This week I’ll feature what I think are the four greatest pop singers—in terms of vocal quality—of our era. There will be two males, two females, and then, on Thursday and Friday, the also-rans. I’m not necessarily highlighting singers who are great stylists, or vocally inventive, but those whose voices simply give me the most pleasure.
I’m sure that at least one of my choices will be controversial, but the first one is not. It’s Old Blue Eyes, here singing the George Gershwin classic, “Our love is here to stay” (recorded in 1955, lyrics by his brother Ira Gershwin). As in this instance, Sinatra did his best work with conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle. I’ll try to feature live performances, but there’s not one of Sinatra doing this song.
Gershwin, who died of brain cancer at age 38, wrote so many great songs, including “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Summertime” from his opera Porgy and Bess. Imagine how much more music we’d have if he’d lived a normal span!
And Sinatra, of course, always gives an impression of effortless musicality in his songs. Is there anyone who doesn’t like him?
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And, of course, you’re welcome to tout your own favorite artists or songs.