COME FLY WITH ME finds Sinatra working for the first time with Billy May, whose bold, jazzy arrangements were a breath of fresh air following the stale, oafish orchestrations of Alex Stordahl. Together, Sinatra and May produced some of the most upbeat, joyful albums of the singer's career.
Expanding on the concept of Songs for Young Lovers!, In the Wee Small Hours was a collection of ballads arranged by Nelson Riddle. The first 12" album recorded by Sinatra, Wee Small Hours was more focused and concentrated than his two earlier concept records.
Originally, Frank Sinatra had planned to record Only the Lonely with Gordon Jenkins, who had arranged his previous all-ballads album, Where Are You. Jenkins was unavailable at the time of the sessions, which led Sinatra back to his original arranger at Capitol, Nelson Riddle.