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That's Life

by

Frank Sinatra



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The "scowl" in Sinatra's voice was a result of producer Jimmy Bowen telling Sinatra, after the recording session, to get out of his car and back in the studio to re-record the vocal. This made Frank VERY angry, which is evident in the song. That was the exact "feel" that Bowen wanted. (thanks, Ken - Louisville, KY)
This very optimistic song was written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon. Kay became a successful music publisher and Gordon made a mark as a producer. Sinatra had a lot of ups and downs in his personal and professional life, and this song was a great showcase for his spirit and resilience. The phrase "That's Life" is often used to convey disappointment, but here Sinatra sees all the good things that life brings.
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Comments (8):

On December 10th 1966, "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra peaked at #1 (for 3 weeks) on the Cash Box Magazine Top R&B Singles chart...
On November 13th, 1966 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on December 18th, 1966 it peaked at #4 (for 2 week) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
And on Christmas Day 1966 it reached #1 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
The song was from his album of the same name; the album peaked at #6 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
In 1986 David Lee Roth covered it; his version peaked at #85 on the Top 100...
May Mr. Sinatra R.I.P. (1915 - 1998).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
hey, frank did a great verion of this on one of his 60s tv specials with riddle conducting and artie kane? on organ?
- steve dotstar, los angeles, CA
Man, the first time I heard this, I felt like he was singing about the last little bit of my life: I was "ridin high in April, shot down in May," but with school ending in a couple weeks and the whole Summer to turn life around however I wanted, I knew I'd be "back on top in June."
- Erik, Los Angeles, CA
This old man agrees with the first two posters, It's a great feel-good song that only Sinatra could do justice to.
John Martin, 46
- john, Fort Worth, TX
David Lee Roth covered this on his 1986 album Eat 'em And Smile. He did mangle some of the lyrics, which may explain why it never got very far on the charts.
- Joshua, La Crosse, WI
This was Frank Sinatra's first big hit after Strangers in the Night. It's a great song with the classic lyrics "I've been a puppet a pauper a pirate a poet a pawn and a king."
- Howard, St. Louis Park, MN
This is a good one when your feeling in the sh*tter, or just in need of a reality check. Its a good montra to have handy.
- Dennis, Chicagoland burrows, IL
This puts it all in to proportion when I'm down. It's a great song.
- scott recs, Toronto, Canada
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