This song, of course, has been around even longer than Bob Dylan. It was originally published in 1941. Frank Sinatra’s first ever solo recording was a performance of this song and he would later record two more versions of it, in 1947 and 1957.
The Bob Dylan version appeared on Dylan’s 36th studio album, Shadows in the Night. (Shadows in the Night consists of covers of songs that Sinatra originally made famous.) Dylan performed this song on the second-t0-last episode of Late Show with David Letterman. Even though my musical taste usually runs the gamut from EDM to More EDM, I’ve always liked Bob Dylan. David Letterman, on the other hand, I’m a bit less impressed with. (Is he ever going to shave off that stupid beard?)
This nicely melancholy video feels like a throw back to the gangster films of the 30s. Helping to create that retro atmosphere is the casting of Robert Davi, an actor who would have fit right in with Cagney, Bogart, and Edward G. Robinson. Interestingly enough, Davi is also known as a skilled interpreter of Sinatra.
(He also once wished me a happy birthday, which was a nice of him.)