(I ask you - what would New Years Eve be without ol' Blue Eyes?)
I can't think of a better way to end up the year than with a special, rare, never-heard-before performance of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (not together unfortunately, but Dino's in fine form) from the Hungarian Relief Fundraiser put on in Los Angeles on November 30, 1956.
For some reason, this recording has never been issued anywhere - the master tapes sitting on a shelf in a garage the better part of forty years before I got the call to "take the junk away".
Dean had just broken up his act with Jerry Lewis and Sinatra was going through a career change that took would take a dramatic upturn as well. If memory serves (but don't hold me to it), this predates the Ratpack by about a year.
In any event, this is a rare recording and you get to hear it first.
Thanks to everyone for a great 2009 - especially the crew at C&L. It's all been good fun, dusting off history.
Happy New Year - try and stay sane in the meantime. Wait til 2010!
Newstalgia Mid-Week Concert featuring The BBC Concert Orchestra in the Opening Night Concert from the 2012 English Music Festival at Dorchester-on-Thames in music of Parry, Curtis, Ireland, Vaughan-Williams, Delius and Moeran. Read more...