Song of the Day: “One For My Baby”


The canon of drinking songs is long and storied, but no one sang about booze with quite as much acumen as legendary imbiber Frank Sinatra. At a seminal live performance at the Las Vegas Sands in 1966, Sinatra delivered an effortless version of “One For My Baby,” accompanied on piano by the one and only Count Basie. The show, which was arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones, went down in history as one of Sinatra’s landmark recordings. We imagine Old Blue Eyes introducing this one in classic swinger fashion, with a glass of Jack Daniels in his hand.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →