Saturday, October 10, 2015

Frank Sinatra: I Didn't Know What Time It was

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I Didn't Know What Time It was
Music by Richard Rodgers
Words by Lorenz Hart

I didn't know what time it was,
Then I met you,
Oh, what a lovely time it was,
How sublime it was too!

I didn't know what day it was,
You held my hand,
Warm like the month of May, it was,
And I'll say it was grand.

Grand to be alive, to be young,
To be mad, to be yours alone!
Grand to see your face, feel your touch,
Hear your voice say I'm all your own.

I didn't know what year it was,
Life was no prize,
I wanted love, and here it was,
Shining out of your eyes.

I'm wise,
And I know what time it is,
Yes, I'm wise,
And I know what time it is now.


"I Didn't Know What Time It Was," written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1939 musical Too Many Girls, was recorded by Frank Sinatra on September 25, 1957, and included on the soundtrack of the 1957 film, Pal Joey, on the Capitol label. The track was arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. In 2008 Blue Moon released the album on CD.

[Previously, in this series:

“Frank Sinatra: My Shining Hour (Video, from Trilogy: Past Present Future)”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing Arlen & Mercer’s Come Rain or Shine”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing the Quintessential Version of Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer’s ‘One for My Baby (and One More, for the Road)’”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing the Classic Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer Torch Song, ‘Blues in the Night’”;

“Frank Sinatra: Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer’s Stormy Weather (Video)”;

“Frank Sinatra Live! Medley of The Gal That Got Away and It Never Entered My Mind, Performed in 1980 at Carnegie Hall (Great Quality Video of a Grand Performance!)”;

“Frank Sinatra: Here's That Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke)”;

“Frank Sinatra’s Revelatory, 1962 Performance of Kern and Fields’ The Way You Look Tonight”;

“Paul Robeson?! Hear Frank Sinatra Give the Definitive Interpretation of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Ol’ Man River (1963)”;

“The Greatest Song Ever Written? Hear Frank Sinatra Sing Rodgers & Hammerstein's Soliloquy”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing the Real ‘New York, New York,’ by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, from On the Town (1944/1949)”;

“The Swingingest Record You’ll Ever Hear! Fly Me to the Moon, by Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, and Quincy Jones”;

“Frank Sinatra: Autumn in New York, with the Billy May Orchestra (Video)”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Make Rodgers & Hart Swing! ‘The Lady is a Tramp’; Live at Madison Square Garden/1974”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra and a Bunch of Little Kids Sing the 1960 Academy Award-Winning Song, ‘High Hopes’”;

“If Frank Sinatra were Still Alive, and were Interviewed by Larry King”;

“When Sinatra Ruled: Hear Him Sing ANOTHER Oscar-Winning Song, ‘All the Way,’ from The Joker is Wild (1957)”;

“Hear Frank Sinatra Sing Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn’s ‘Love and Marriage’;

“Hear Frank Sinatra’s Unique Presentation of Cole Porter’s ‘I've Got You Under My Skin’”;

“Frank Sinatra Sings ‘Young at Heart’”;

“‘A Man Alone’: How Great was Sinatra? So Great that with a Voice that was Way Past Its Prime, and Less than Stellar Material, He was Still the World’s Greatest Singer—that’s How Great He was!”;

“I'll Never Smile Again: Hear 24-Year-Old Frank Sinatra with the Pied Pipers and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940!”; and

“Frank Sinatra: ‘In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning’ (1955).”]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When my age was measured in single digits, my best friend and I would listen to the Sinatra /Riddle albums for hours. Nelson Riddle became my favorite musician. Even then, I recognized his very high talent for arranging. His orchestra had to be the tightest in the country; their sound was - and remains - amazing.

If I had had musical training at a young age like the rest of my friends did, I think I'd have ended up an arranger.

Alas, the music being recorded today comprised tuneless rubbish with screeching guitars; "songs" that are just drum machine tracks; "the Nashville sound"; or poetry on the nursery rhyme level with vulgar language. I'd be out of a job.

- The Gentle Grizzly