Songs and related Episodes

(20) The master of Ballads In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning  (in Japanese) 

Johnny Hartman(1923-1983)

This ballad is so wonderful enough to be the title of Sinatra's album.

I'm sorry for Sinatra, but I think Johnny Hartman's version is the best especially about this ballad. Sinatra didn't sing the verse in this song, but Johnny sang the verse between the first and the second chorus.

His baritone voice is so soft and sweet...well... enough to melt the ice on the North Pole, and also to soak so gently into our hearts.

In these days his songs are used in the movie "The Bridges of Madison County(1995)" produced by Clint Eastwood.

translated by Yoshie Kishida


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