Sunday, January 20, 2008

Songwriter Lew Spence Dies at 87

You may not recognize Lew Spence's name, but you have probably heard his music. Spence composed the title tune for my all-time favorite Sinatra album, NICE 'N' EASY.

Other Sinatra fans may choose more serious Sinatra albums, such as IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS, as his best work, but for me, it's the bubbly, romantic NICE 'N' EASY, which also includes my all-time favorite Sinatra recording, "How Deep is the Ocean?"

Spence also composed "Sleep Warm," which was the title of perhaps my favorite Dean Martin album -- which happens to have been conducted by Sinatra. Sinatra himself also recorded "Sleep Warm."

Rather remarkable that the same composer wrote the title songs for two favorite albums by two very favorite singers.

3 Comments:

Blogger dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie Laura, thanks ever so much for the nice Dinomention. It is truly sad to see so many of our Dino's and the frankie's contemporaries passin' on. Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool. So glad you dig his music like I do. Oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Rogue Spy 007 said...

I was sad to hear about the passing of Lew Spence. He wrote so many classic songs that were recorded by the likes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Even if someone didn't know him by name, they had probably heard one of his songs. What a great talent. R.I.P.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Tony Bandy said...

Nice post on Frankie and the crooners!!

Have you heard about the new Sinatra stamp coming out? I just stumbled across the link:

http://sinatrafamily.com/news/news.php?id=0#186

Here's the USPS link:

http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007/sr07_083.htm

1:05 PM  

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