Frank Sinatra (with the Duke Ellington Orchestra): Follow Me

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Follow Me

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Frank Sinatra with the Duke Ellington Orchestra

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Francis A. & Edward K. (Reprise)

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Musicians:

Frank Sinatra (vocals),

and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, featuring Paul Gonsalves (tenor sax) and Cootie Williams (trumpet)

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Arranged and conducted by Billy May. Composed Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe

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Recorded: December 12, 1967

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Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Lerner & Loewe’s show tune from Camelot opens with Duke Ellington’s piano, followed by the band slinking along in strip time. Sinatra’s voice here is husky and distinctly middle-aged. Billy May wrote the charts, but Ellington’s band reportedly wasn’t big on sight-reading and members weren’t too happy about the date. So May brought in a few session readers, a move that only further diminished the date's energy level. But eventually the band found its groove. The lyrics are perfectly suited to this uneven period in Sinatra's personal life: “Time goes by, or do we? / Close your eyes and you’ll see / As we were, we can be / Weep no more, follow me.” We also get a taste of Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax and Cootie Williams on muted trumpet.

Reviewer: Marc Myers

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