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It Might as Well Be Swing

It Might as Well Be Swing is a 1964 studio album by Frank Sinatra, accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra. It was Sinatra's first studio recording arranged by Quincy Jones.

It Might as Well Be Swing
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1964
RecordedJune 9–12, 1964, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
GenreVocal jazz, Jazz
FS 1012
ProducerSonny Burke
Frank Sinatra chronology
America, I Hear You Singing
It Might as Well Be Swing
12 Songs of Christmas
Count Basie chronology
Basie Land
It Might as Well Be Swing
Our Shining Hour
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[2]

This was Sinatra and Basie's second collaboration after 1963's Sinatra-Basie.

Sinatra's cover version of "Hello Dolly" on the album features a new second verse improvised by Sinatra, which pays tribute to Louis Armstrong, who had topped the Billboard charts with his own version of the song earlier in 1964.

It Might as Well Be Swing is a reference to the title of the well known jazz standard "It Might as Well Be Spring".

Track listingEdit


The Count Basie Orchestra
String section
  • Gerald Vinci, Israel Baker, Jacques Gasselin, Thelma Beach, Bonnie Douglas, Marshall Sosson, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Paul Shure and James Getzoff - violins
  • Virginia Majewski, Paul Robyn, Alvin Dinkin and Stan Harris - violas
  • Edgar Lustgarten and Ann Goodman - cellos
  • Sonny Burke - producer
  • Lowell Frank - engineer
  • Ted Allen - cover photo
  • Gregg Geller - 1998 reissue producer
  • Lee Herschberg - 20-bit digital mastering


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 20. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.