Auto Tune: “Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra

June 24th, 2015 at 3:00pm

Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

frank_sinatra_strangers_in_the_nightIt was 1966 arguably the greatest music year in the 20th Century. Not only did Dylan release “Blonde on Blonde” but the Beatles came out with “Revolver” and the Beach Boys gave us “Pet Sounds.” And that doesn’t even count the multitude of singles from that year including like likes of “The Last Train to Clarksville,” “California Dreamin’” and “These Boots are made for Walkin’.”

So in the middle of all this rock n’ roll history comes the man who had owned the charts until a few years earlier and was still making relevant music. That man was the Chairman of the Board: Frank Sinatra.

Frank had hit a dry spell on both the Billboard album and singles charts which was rectified with the release of the last collaboration between Mr. Sinatra and the conductor/arranger who together had crafted their most successful works: Nelson Riddle. “Strangers in the Night,” both the album and single reached number one but that’s just a side story here. The song in the Auto Tune spotlight from this album is the luscious and lovely “Summer Wind.”

I chose “Summer Wind” for a less than obvious reason. Yes, we could talk about how that sun-kissed wind travels miles and miles to engulf us in its warmth, but whenever I hear those opening organ cords to the song I am immediately whisked away to the edge of Long Island, NY – Montauk specifically — enjoying the sun, sand and beauty that is before me… including this masterful song.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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