Mark Steyn's stuff on music is as good as his political writing. A year or two back he wrote a wonderful piece about the creation of Wimoweh (aka 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'). Then it disappeared behind the Steyn firewall, never to be seen again by mortal man.
Here's his take on Frank Sinatra's A Very Good Year. Get it while you can.
And while you're at it, before it goes - get the strange story of the man who wrote Nature Boy.
(Frank's arranger Gordon Jenkins also arranged the first American version of Wimoweh, after collector Alan Lomax introduced Solomon Linda's original to folkie Pete Seeger. Not much resemblance between it and this.)
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