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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:39 PM
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The Song "It Was a Very Good Year." Sinatra or Ray and Willie? Which
one did the best by that song...I like both...I have both...they are very different perspectives by the singers...but the "strings" on both are overwhelming...but what a song.

Do any of you know that song? "It was a Very Good Year?"
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Huckebein the Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:43 PM
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1. I've only heard the Sinatra version...n/t
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:45 PM
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2. Sinatra
I'm from new Jersey. By law, we have to side with Ol' Blue Eyes.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:00 PM
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15. LOL's I used to live in NJ.....but I didn't do Mafia Weddings unless I was
asked...and I did have some friends....well....
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anti_shrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:46 PM
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3. You forgot one
I'm partial to Homer Simpson's version.
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:48 PM
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5. I like the Kingston Trio Version. Yes, that's where I first heard it.
Also, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:52 PM
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8. I have old Kingston Trio's albums but not heard them sing it? Have to
check through the dusties... :D...First Time I Ever Saw Your Face is a wonderful song...
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:47 PM
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4. Frank, of course. Hey, I'm Italian, I gotta pick Frank.
:-)
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:49 PM
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6. Frank. Really, who else?
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 08:59 PM by supernova
He has the maturity by this point to make it sound like wistful rememberance, which the song is.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:54 PM
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9. The Ray and Willie version is a little "forced," but they are old enough
to sing it...but I agree with you the old Sinatra version is the one I think says it all...

I was really young when I first heard it...now it has more meaning :D
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:50 PM
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7. Great song, but I've only heard it by Sinatra. eom
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:56 PM
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11. It's on Ray's last Album: "Genius Loves Company" before he died.
I thought the CD is mixed, but a nice one to own for Ray's duets with popular artists. It's interesting... some duets are better than others.

But I'm a Charles lover...so I bought it and like having it...
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:55 PM
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10. William Shatner. No kidding!
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:58 PM
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12. Shattner sung this? He Sings? You are KIDDING ME! What?
I really am out of it... :eyes:
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:58 PM
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13. both
ray and willies is as good as franks. all three singers are legends. the two versions are equal..what really frighting is that i can appreciate the song...eek! i`m getting old....
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fugue Donating Member (846 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:59 PM
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14. Statler and Waldorf
On The Muppet Show. Just so sweet.
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classof56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:05 PM
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16. Okay, this really dates me, but I like the Brown and Dana version
First time I ever heard "It Was a Very Good Year" was by a duo called Brown and Dana on some TV talent show back in the mid-50s. They were awesome and the song has made me cry ever since. Can't seem to find out whatever happened to those two guys, but guess it's not a bad legacy to have Frank Sinatra pick up on your song and make a major hit out of it.

Besides, now I can really relate to the last lines:

"Now the days grow short, I'm in the autumn of my years
And I view my life as fine old wine in vintage kegs
From the brim to the dregs it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year"

Okay--I'm cryin' now! Thanks for the memories!
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:09 PM
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17. Sinatra owns that song. Period.
nt
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classof56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:09 PM
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18. Subject: Okay, this really dates me, but I like the Brown and Dana version
First time I ever heard "It Was a Very Good Year" was by a duo called Brown and Dana on some TV talent show back in the mid-50s. They were awesome and the song has made me cry ever since. Can't seem to find out whatever happened to those two guys, but guess it's not a bad legacy to have Frank Sinatra pick up on your song and make a major hit out of it.

Besides, at this stage I can really relate to the last lines:

"Now the days grow short, I'm in the autumn of my years
And I view my life as fine old wine in vintage kegs
From the brim to the dregs it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year"

Okay--I'm cryin' now! Thanks for the memories!

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