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


Follow Me


Frank Sinatra with the Duke Ellington Orchestra


Francis A. & Edward K. (Reprise)

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Frank Sinatra (vocals),

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


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


Recorded: December 12, 1967


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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