10 December: Frank Sinatra: Whatever Happened To Christmas?

Published December 10, 2016

I love the songwriter Jimmy Webb and have compiled my own 3-CD box set of my favourite songs of his. One of the tracks on it is this 1968 recording by Frank Sinatra of 'Whatever Happened To Christmas?', which I believe is the original version. It was released on the album The Sinatra Family Wish You A Merry Christmas that same year, which also features performances by Frank's children.

I seem to remember reading an interview with Jimmy Webb where he told the story of having dinner with Frank Sinatra to discuss the recording of an entire album of Webb songs. But Webb's father was also there, and Sinatra and daddy Webb got caught up in comparing memories from their younger days, so the discussion about the album, and indeed the album itself, never happened. What an anecdote!

Listen on Youtube or on Spotify.

The Sinatra Family Wish You A Merry Christmas.