You Are There

4 05 2011

You Are There—H. Sukman/P.F. Webster, 1967 (Recorded May 4, 2011) This tune is an example of work created late in the careers of two big-time Hollywood song writers, Harry Sukman and Paul Francis Webster. Sukman wrote and arranged scores for TV shows (e.g., Bonanza) and films (Salem’s Lot) and was a highly respected classical pianist. Webster penned lyrics for numerous mid-Century standards, including “Black Coffee,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing,” and—see song number 44, above, “Baltimore Oriole.” Webster also wrote the lyrics to the late-1960s TV cartoon series, Spiderman:

Spiderman, Spiderman
Does whatever a spider can…

Brilliant. His estate must be glad that he chose to associate his name and efforts with a Marvel Comics gold mine.

Sinatra’s is the only vocal version of “You Are There” I’m familiar with. The great jazz pianist and late-career Sinatra musical director Vincent Falcone has a whole record out in honor of Sukman’s music, and his take on this tune is terrif.

This recording is dedicated to my good friend, Mark “Blakey” Kaplan.

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