Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 28 November |
Saint of the Day: Pope St. Gregory III
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

Surprised: Sinatra's 1949 radio recording of "The Lord's Prayer"

J-P Mauro - published on 09/20/17

Ol' Blue Eyes put aside the "ring-a-ding" swing for a Christmas prayer.

Frank Sinatra was one of the most uniquely talented singers to ever step behind a microphone. With an instantly identifiable timbre, he was a naturally gifted jazz musician who could effortlessly glide through difficult rhythms and intonations. He was a master of syncopation, with platinum set of pipes to boot. And he had one glorious legato.

His forte was swing and romantic standards, and he wasn’t averse to recording novelty and nonsense songs, but occasionally he would put aside his “ring-a-ding” style, and surprise us, as he did with more difficult fare like “Old Man River,” “The House I Live In” and this – a very traditional setting of “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Even without a jazz rhythm, this rendition stands as a great example of Sinatra’s unorthodox phrasing. Try to sing along with him, and you’ll find it hard to match his timing. This is because he rarely performed a tune as it was written – he’d go under the beat, or around it, and this helped to create his own style, in an era where most artists were recording what has become known as the American Songbook – the standards of the early-to-mid 20th century.

This recording of “The Lord’s Prayer” was taken from the Guest Star Radio Show. It was recorded with the Jeff Alexander Orchestra & Chorus, on October 26, 1949, and originally broadcast on December 25, 1949.

Follow Cecilia–Aleteia’s music page–on Facebook!

Tags:
CeciliaSacred Music
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful...
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to t...
FIRST CENTURY HOUSE AT THE SISTERS OF NAZARETH SITE
John Burger
British archaeologist confident he has found ...
PRAY
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things we can be grateful for this Thanksg...
VATICAN POPE GOOD FRIDAY COLOSSEUM
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Learn to pray with the early Church and to di...
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio's favorite prayer of petition
EARTHQUAKE
Bret Thoman, OFS
Two earthquakes couldn't stop these Italian n...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.