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The secret Sinatra past of Bob Dylan’s new album

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A rare Los Angeles Times photo of Frank Sinatra in 1947
A rare Los Angeles Times photo of Frank Sinatra in 1947, leaving a Beverly Hills courthouse after charges against him for allegedly slugging columnist Lee Mortimer were dismissed. (Dick Oliver / Los Angeles Times)

Bob Dylan has a new album coming out Feb. 3, “Shadows in the Night,” a collection of pop songs about romance, heartbreak and other existential themes written by other songwriters.

But whatever you call this labor-of-love project, there’s one thing Bob Dylan does not want you to call it: his “Sinatra covers album.”

These are old songs, written between the early 1920s and the early 1960s, some of which have become bona fide jazz standards (“Autumn Leaves”), others of which were minor hits when they were first recorded (“Full Moon and Empty Arms”), and there’s even the odd gem (“Stay With Me”) that has been overlooked by audiences since its first appearance on an obscure single.

All these songs have one thing in common: They were recorded by Frank Sinatra at some point (in some cases, several points) in his career.

“I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way,” Dylan said in a statement last December. “They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.” Read more…

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