Show-Tune Champion Frank Sinatra Dies at 82

News   Show-Tune Champion Frank Sinatra Dies at 82 Crooner Frank Sinatra, who sang and recorded Broadway showtunes in six decades of the 20th century, died May 15 at age 82.

Crooner Frank Sinatra, who sang and recorded Broadway showtunes in six decades of the 20th century, died May 15 at age 82.

An American icon, both as a singer and, later, as a movie actor, Sinatra never performed on Broadway, but starred in Hollywood film adaptations of four classic musicals: Guys and Dolls, On the Town, Pal Joey and Can-Can. He appeared in many non-Broadway musicals as well, including Ankles Aweigh , Reveille With Beverly and Robin and the Seven Hoods. Among non-musicals, Sinatra starred in the film of Neil Simon's first Broadway play, Come Blow Your Horn.

Sinatra's two signature songs have Broadway roots: "My Way" originated as part of the score of Steve Lawrence's Broadway vehicle What Makes Sammy Run?; his late-career hit "New York, New York," was written for a film of the same name by the Chicago and Cabaret team of John Kander & Fred Ebb.

During the time in the 1940s-1960s when showtunes and Top 40 were virtually identical, Sinatra recorded dozens of them, some several times. Cole Porter songs were a favorite, but he returned again and again to the works of Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin and Cy Coleman, among many others.

Even after rock pushed showtunes out of the Top 40, Sinatra continued to record them, laying down tracks of Jerry Herman's "I Won't Send Roses" and Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns," "Good Thing Going" and "Old Friend" in the 1970s and '80s. Here is a fragmentary Sinatra showtune discography, covering the years 1953-1974.

1953
"A Foggy Day" by the Gershwins
"My Funny Valentine" by Rodgers & Hart
"They Can't Take That Away From Me" by the Gershwins
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" by Porter
"The Girl Next Door" by Blane & Martin

1954
"Just One Of Those Things" by Porter
"Someone To Watch Over Me" by the Gershwins

1955
"Adelaide" by Loesser
"The Oldest Established" by Loesser
"I Get Along Without You Very Well" by Rodgers & Hart

1956
"I've Got You Under My Skin" by Porter
"Makin' Whoopee" by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
" Old Devil Moon" by Lane & Harburg
" Anything Goes" by Porter
"Well Did You Evah?" by Porter
"You're Sensational" by Porter
"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" by Porter
" Mind If I Make Love To You" by Porter
"I Got Plenty O' Nuttin" by the Gershwins
"I Won't Dance" by the Kern
"At Long Last Love" by Porter
"I Wish I Were In Love Again" by Rodgers & Hart
"Nice Work If You Can Get It" by the Gershwins
"The Lady Is A Tramp" by Rodgers & Hart
"Night And Day" by Porter
"From This Moment On" by Porter

1957
"Lonely Town" by Bernstein
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Martin & Blane
"I Could Write A Book" by Rodgers & Hart
"Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" by Rodgers & Hart
"There's A Small Hotel" by Rodgers & Hart
"I Didn't Know What Time It Was" by Rodgers & Hart
"What Do I Care For A Dame" by Rodgers & Hart
"Autumn In New York" by Vernon Duke
"April In Paris" by Porter

1958
"Spring Is Here" by Rodgers & Hart
"Blues In The Night" by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
"Where Or When" by Rodgers & Hart
"Just In Time" by Styne, Comden & Green
"Baubles Bangles And Beads" by Borodin, Wright & Forrest
"Dancing In The Dark" by Dietz & Schwartz
"I Could Have Danced All Night" by Lerner & Loewe

1959
"I Can't Get Started" by Duke & Gershwin
"Talk To Me" by Strouse & Adams
"It's All Right With Me" by Porter
"C'est Magnifique" by Porter
"Montmart'" by Porter
"Let's Do It" by Porter
"I Love Paris" by Porter
"Embraceable You" by the Gershwins

1960
"I Love Paris" by Porter
"Always" by Berlin
"It's Only A Paper Moon" (by Arlen, Harburg & Rose)
"A Foggy Day" by the Gershwin's
"You And The Night And The Music" by Dietz & Schwartz
"That Old Black Magic" by Porter

1961
"Almost Like Being In Love" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"Falling In Love With Love" by Rodgers & Hart
"September Song" by Weill & Anderson
"Here's That Rainy Day" by Johnny Burke
"Witchcraft" by Cy Coleman
"Just One Of Those Things" by Cole Porter
"The Lady Is A Tramp" by Richard Rodgers
"It Might As Well Be Spring" by Rodgers
"Night And Day" by Porter

1962
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" by Porter
"They Can't Take That Away From Me" by the Gershwins
"Nice Work If You Can Get It" by the Gershwins

1963
"Lost In The Stars" by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson
"My Heart Stood Still" by Rodgers & Hart
"Ol' Man River" by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II
"This Nearly Was Mine" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"You'll Never Walk Alone" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"I Have Dreamed" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" by Rodgers & Hart
"Soliloquy" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"I've Got You Under My Skin" by Porter
"We Open In Venice" by Porter
"Guys And Dolls" by Loesser
"Old Devil Moon" by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg
"When I'm Not Near The Girl I Love" by Lane & Harburg
"I've Never Been In Love Before" by Loesser
"So In Love" by Porter
"Some Enchanted Evening" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"Luck Be A Lady" by Loesser
"Fugue For Tinhorns" by Loesser
"The Oldest Established" by Loesser

1964
"It Might As Well Be Spring" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"I Believe In You" by Loesser
"Hello Dolly" by Jerry Herman

1965
"September Song" by Weill & Anderson
"Hello Young Lovers" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"Once Upon A Time" by Charles Strouse & Lee Adams

1966
"I've Got A Crush On You" by the Gershwins
"I've Got You Under My Skin" by Porter
"Luck Be A Lady" by Loesser
"Get Me To The Church On Time" by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
"Where Or When" by Rodgers & Hart
" The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" by Rodgers & Hart
"On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" by Lane & Lerner
"The Impossible Dream" by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion

1967
"Baubles Bangles And Beads" by Borodin, Wright & Forrest
"Some Enchanted Evening" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"Younger Than Springtime" by Rodgers & Hammerstein
"All I Need Is The Girl" by Jule Styne & Stephen Sondheim
"Come Back To Me" by Lane & Lerner

1968
"My Way" by Ervin Drake

1972
"My Way" by Ervin Drake
"Ol' Man River" by Kern & Hammerstein
"The Lady Is A Tramp" by Rodgers & Hart

1973
"Send In The Clowns" by Stephen Sondheim

1974
"I Won't Send Roses" by Herman
"The Lady Is A Tramp" by Rodgers & Hart
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" by Porter

1975
"That Old Black Magic" by Porter

-- By Robert Viagas

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