Mack The Knife (4:52)

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Frank Sinatra hadn’t recorded Mack the Knife until Quincy Jones suggested it for the 1984 ‘’LA Is My Lady.” Ol Blue Eyes was specifically looking for songs he had missed over the years, and after a quick ‘Body & Soul,’ he wondered aloud why he was re-doing songs he had done earlier. Stormy Weather deserved the update and Mack the Knife, with the nice credits to previous singers who had sone it so well, seemed to fit into what FS wanted LA Is My Lady to be.

Then a funny thing happened- after singing Mack the Knife ‘live’ and receiving standing ovations for it, the old man went BACK into the studio and did a new vocal, over the original (great) tracks.
The result is a GREATER Mack the Knife than Quincy’s original.

Here is a fine ‘live’ version but the ultimate recording is the one he did in the studio the ‘second time around.’


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  • rockandrolljoe


    12 Mar 1:29am Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Sphincter Patrol does a pretty nice version too!

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bestmusic2

    Robbie Williams does this better now

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Stuart_92

    This song sounded much better when performed live.

    1 May 2011 Reply
  • Merowinger110

    I love this version.

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ploftkaploft

    Nothing against the top 15 songs in Sinatra's chart - they're great -, but I feel like this one is underrated. Hope people may discover it someday.

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • robamber


    7 Dec 2009 Reply
  • laswilliam

    Mack The Kinife is a boring song, musically. BUT, with a great arrangement, like this one, and a fine vocal, the listener doesn't realize the simple, repetitive melody. In fact, it's damn exciting! I saw FS perfrom the song-twice a night in Las Vegas, for a total of a hundred times and he never failed to blow away the audience with it.

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • msheppard506

    I LOVE YOU UNCLE NORM! He passed away on may 29th. and I just found out yesterday. He was known as Frankie in our family. I close my eyes and I hear his voice still with a glass of wine in one hand and a pall mall in the other.

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • tellok

    on his death bed

    4 May 2009 Reply
  • fjaos

    Mira que Bobby Darin cantó bien esta canción... pero no hay quien pueda con Sinatra.

    31 Mar 2009 Reply
  • bigsbyfb

    There's Frank and there're far far away copies.

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • courtofmiracles

    chomp chomp chomp

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
  • lelila84

    <3!!! My FAVORITE

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • belinhasilva

    dance dance dance!!! love this song

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • tita73

    Still always the you Frank.

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • PatrikFallqvist

    I like Michael Bublés version even better then Robbies actually. You should listen to that version.

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • piapoi

    Just listened to Robbies version & have to agree with Johnny008, much as I like this version I prefer Robbies too.

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
  • johnny008

    Frank's original is great but my favorite is version from Robbie Williams. Brilliant song, one of my favorite!!!!!!!!!

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
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