ROIO of the Week [Recordings of Indeterminate Origin]

Frank Sinatra
The Historic Oakland Coliseum Arena Concert [no label]

Dislikes California
‘cos it’s Reagan and damned
That’s why the Lady is a tramp

Before Frank Sinatra immortalised My Way as his song, there were many that vied for its place. You can hear a whole range of his greatest songs on this single CD that captures Sinatra in his prime at a fund-raising concert for presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey on May 22, 1968. Although not known to be political, Sinatra moved in political circles mixing with the Kennedys and, in the song, The Lady Is A Tramp, he throws in a reworked verse showing his disdain for actor Ronald Reagan, then governor of California. Sinatra was already doing it his way. You can hear an audible gasp of disbelief from the audience.

The Oakland concert was the first time a cabaret act was opening in a sports arena. Sinatra had the savoir faire to pull it off, singing comfortably and effortlessly, changing the words here and there, with the band and orchestra following his every whim. That voice was never better.

The recording is professionally made and for a limited time unofficially released as a bootleg CD. The original bootleg is hard to find and also includes Sinatra's reworking of "High Hopes" for John Kennedy's presidential campaign as a bonus. Rock stars who campaign for causes weren’t the only ones doing it. - Michael Cheah



Day In Day Out
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Moonlight In Vermont
The Lady Is A Tramp
I Have Dreamed
I've Got You Under My Skin
That's Life
Ol' Man River
All I Need Is The Girl
I've Got The World On A String
Willow Weep For Me
Goin' Out Of My Head
Fly Me To The Moon
It Was A Very Good Year
My Kind Of Town

Bonus: High Hopes For Kennedy [1960 Las Vegas benefit for John F. Kennedy]

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