Witchcraft

Album: All the Way (1957)
Charted: 12 6
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  • This was composed by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh. Leigh had previously penned the words to Sinatra's 1954 hit "Young At Heart."
  • While some sources suggest that Coleman originally composed an instrumental version for the musical revue Take Five in 1957, others claim the "Witchcraft" used in that production was an entirely different song.
  • While he was filming Pal Joey alongside co-stars Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak, the execs back at Capitol Records were itching to release a new Sinatra single. At the suggestion of his producer, Voyle Gilmore, he chose "Witchcraft," which he would record in an arrangement by Nelson Riddle.
  • This was originally released as a single and was later included on the 1961 compilation album All the Way.
  • Sinatra recorded the song two more times. First, for Sinatra's Sinatra in 1963, then as a duet with Anita Baker for the 1993 album Duets.
  • Elvis Presley charted at #32 with his 1963 rendition.
  • This was included on the soundtrack for the 2015 film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
  • Robert Palmer included this on 1992's Ridin' High, a collection of Tin Pan Alley standards. His version landed at #50 on the Hot 100.
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Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 12th 1960, the Frank Sinatra TV special "Welcome Home Elvis" aired on the ABC-TV network...
    During the broadcast Elvis performed "Witchcraft", while Frank did "Love Me Tender"...
    As stated above, Elvis' covered version of the song peaked at #32 in 1963, it was the B-side of "Bossa Nova Baby", which peaked at #8...
    And Mr. Sinatra featured "Love Me Tender" on his 1980 album titled 'Trilogy: Past, Present, Future'.
  • Shane from Usa MichiganI'm going to bring this kind of music back! I do a Country version of this.
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