NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg talks to biographer Peter Levinson about Nelson Riddle, the conductor, whose distinctive musical arrangements helped define the sounds of Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. (8:05-9:39) (The book is September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle Watson-Guptill Publishers; ISBN: 0823076725)
Music in Susan Stamberg's piece on Nelson Riddle in order of appearance: "Too Marvelous for Words" (from Songs for Swingin' Lovers); "Second Time Around" (from Frank Sinatra: the Reprise Collection); "Mona Lisa" (Nat King Cole's The Greatest Hits); "I've Got the World on a String" (The Capitol Years: The Best of Frank Sinatra); "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (The Capitol Years: The Best of Frank Sinatra); "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" (from Swing Easy); "I've Got you Under My Skin" (from Songs for Swingin Lovers); "How About You" (from Songs for Swingin Lovers).
The Capitol Years: The Best of Frank Sinatra is on Emd/Capitol; Classic Sinatra is on Emd/Capitol; Frank Sinatra: the Reprise Collection is on Wea/Warner Bros.; Frank Sinatra's Songs for Swingin Lovers is on the Emd/Capitol label; Songs for Young Lovers/Swing Easy is on Emd/Capitol; Nat King Cole, The Greatest Hits is on Emd/Capitol.
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