Frank Sinatra: Jingle Bells


Jingle Bells


Frank Sinatra (vocals)


A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra (Capital CDP 7 48329 2)

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Frank Sinatra (vocals),

Ralph Brewer Singers (vocals), orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins


Composed by James Lord Pierpont


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, July-May 1957


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

What could be better than listening to Sinatra sing a swinging "Jingle Bells" every Christmas season? Nothing. For years, however, I was convinced there was an audio mistake on this cut. At the 1:25 mark, Sinatra sings "jing-jingle bells" The double syllable comes so quickly that it sounds just like it used to when a phonograph needle would repeat a groove on a used LP. (I feel so old.) To hear that sound on a CD, though, was confounding. So I finally took time to investigate the apparent glitch. It turns out Sinatra simply needed another beat to make things work musically, so he gave us an extra half a word. I wouldn't put up with that from just any croon-crooner. Merry Christmas!

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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  • 1 wobbly bill // Dec 01, 2008 at 09:55 PM
    Well Walter, Frank Sinatra was that good he could have had the crowd doin' the Lindy Hop to "Baa Baa Black Sheep!" Satchmo already covered that song by the way, calling it "It's a Wonderful World"