September of My Years

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September of My Years
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released September 1965 (LP)
October 1986 (CD)
Recorded April 13 – May 27, 1965, Hollywood
Genre Traditional pop, vocal jazz
Length 44:02
Label Reprise
FS 1014
Producer Sonny Burke
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September of My Years is a 1965 studio album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released on Reprise Records in September 1965 on LP and October 1986 on CD. The orchestral arrangements are by Gordon Jenkins, their fifth album collaboration. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.


Sinatra was to turn 50 years old in December 1965, and the release of this album along with A Man and His Music and Strangers in the Night marked a surge of popularity in his music. Both September of My Years and A Man and His Music won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. CBS television cameras were rolling the night Sinatra recorded "It Was a Very Good Year". The edited result was included in a Walter Cronkite CBS News special about the singer's 50th birthday, broadcast on November 16, 1965.

Sinatra's performance of "It Was a Very Good Year" won the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male, at the Grammy Awards of 1966. Arranger Gordon Jenkins was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for the same song. This was the first album Sinatra and Jenkins had recorded together since 1962's All Alone. Jenkins and Sinatra would next work together on the 1980 album Trilogy: Past Present Future.

The album was remastered for compact disc and released on May 26, 1998, as part of the Entertainer of the Century series done together by Reprise and Capitol Records. That version is currently out of print. Concord Records reissued the album again, newly remastered on compact disc, on August 31, 2010. This version includes two bonus tracks, a live performance of "This Is All I Ask" from Carnegie Hall on June 12, 1984, and the single mix of "How Old Am I?" released three years later in 1968.

Track listing

Side 1
  1. "The September of My Years" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) - 3:12
  2. "How Old Am I?" (Gordon Jenkins) - 3:30
  3. "Don't Wait Too Long" (Sunny Skylar) - 3:04
  4. "It Gets Lonely Early" (Van Heusen, Cahn) - 2:57
  5. "This Is All I Ask" (Jenkins) - 3:03
  6. "Last Night When We Were Young" (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg) - 3:33
  7. "The Man in the Looking Glass" (Bart Howard) - 3:25
Side 2
  1. "It Was a Very Good Year" (Ervin Drake) - 4:25
  2. "When the Wind Was Green" (Henry Stinson) - 3:22
  3. "Hello, Young Lovers" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) - 3:41
  4. "I See It Now" (Alec Wilder, William Engvick) - 2:50
  5. "Once Upon a Time" (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams) - 3:30
  6. "September Song" (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson) - 3:30