1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
High Hopes recorded by Frank Sinatra introduced May 15, 1959 on Capitol Records #4214
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen, lyrics by Sammy Cahn
with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra
High Hopes was introduced by Frank Sinatra in the 1959 film 'A Hole In The Head', winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song. 'A Hole in the Head' is a comedy film directed by Frank Capra and featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, and Thelma Ritter. Frank Sinatra's hit version of High Hopes featured a children's choir.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Anyone knows an ant, can't move a rubber tree plant But he's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes"