Frank Sinatra: The Way You Look Tonight


The Way You Look Tonight


Frank Sinatra (vocals)


Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River and Other Academy Award Winners (Reprise)

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Frank Sinatra (vocals),

and orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle


Composed by Jerome Kern


Recorded: January 27, 1964


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This update of a Fred Astaire number from the 1936 film Swing Time doesn’t glide across the ballroom floor—it struts. Riddle opens the tune with jaunty reeds and sizzling muted trumpets echoing each other’s lines. Sinatra comes in tough and is cocky throughout, but there’s also a subtle tenderness between the lines. After the first run-through, the song’s pace picks up, with trombones punctuating Sinatra’s staccato lyrics— “And that laugh, wrink-le-s your nose/Touch-es my fool-ish hearttt.” The chart’s crescendo occurs on the bridge and features a hip trumpet dragging the final note. Cool touch. Sinatra returns to provide a warm wind-down and finishes remarkably in ballad tempo.

Reviewer: Marc Myers

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