Why does Frank Sinatra make the strange nasal noise before singing the word "Downtown" in his recording of--er--"Downtown"? Is it a tribute to Jackie Gleason? Or is it Frank copping a feel of the trend du jour (circa mid-sixties) which was to make up weird noises when singing? I like to picture the guys in the booth while Frank is singing...the subtle but embarrassed looks at one another as the Chairman continues making the weird noise...the hushed conference about asking him for a take without the "nasal effect"...the drawing of straws to see who would actually take on the dreadful task of telling Frank he sounded weird...the final shrug of all present who decide: fuck it. If Frank likes it, we like it...

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