The song of the day for Saturday, December 12, 2020, is “Nancy.”
We are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Francis Albert Sinatra, born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 15, 1915. There’s a great Sinatra website at sinatra.com, where you can learn more about Sinatra, purchase his music (CD, Vinyl, and digital) and branded souvenirs (mugs, flasks, caps, t-shirts, onesies, hoodies, journals … well you get the idea).
About This Song
“Nancy” was written in 1942 by Jimmy Van Heusen and Phil Silvers. In 1942, Van Heusen, along with Johnny Burke, was in Palm Springs working on the score for a film. The comedian Phil Silvers dropped by and suggested that they write a song for Van Heusen’s wife Bessie, whose birthday they would be celebrating soon. “Bessie, with the laughing face”, was well-received and the pair would often sing it at birthday celebrations for other women. A bit later, at the birthday party for Sinatra’s daughter Nancy, they sang the song again, this time using “Nancy, with the laughing face.” Sinatra was quite moved, thinking that the song had been written especially for him and his daughter and the songwriters let him think that. Frank Sinatra first recorded “Nancy” in 1944.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Nancy” in 1992 for the album Perfectly Frank, a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Ralph Sharon wrote the arrangement.
“Nancy,” as well as Perfectly Frank, is available from Apple Music.
Of course, I have to add Sinatra’s 1944 recording of “Nancy.”