Willie Nelson recently released a music video for "Summer Wind" from his upcoming tribute album full of Frank Sinatra covers called My Way, produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings. Coming out on September 14, this record will pay homage to Sinatra and his influence on Nelson since he became a fan at age 10. Of course, Nelson will also give the songs a dash of country music style accompanying string, horn and piano arrangements.
Nelson and Sinatra were friends and worked together several times. They recorded duets and Sinatra even opened for Nelson in 1987 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The two really seem at ease with one another in a PSA they recorded for NASA. Experience that blast from the past in the video below.
"Summer Wind" was originally written in German as "Der Sommerwind," referring to the sirocco winds of Southern Europe. The lyrics were translated and recorded by the likes of Wayne Newton and Perry Como, but Sinatra was the first to find great success with the track when he recorded it in 1966 for Strangers in the Night. Sinatra's "Summer Wind" made it onto Billboard's Hot 100 and reached No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart.
Nelson's new album, My Way, will mark the second record release from the Red Headed Stranger this year and his 12th album with Sony's Legacy Recordings. In April, just two days before his 85th birthday, Nelson dropped Last Man Standing. Nelson continues to tour and he doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon with dates planned through the end of November.
'My Way' Track Listing:
- "Fly Me to the Moon"
- "Summer Wind"
- "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"
- "A Foggy Day"
- "It Was a Very Good Year"
- "Blue Moon"
- "I'll Be Around"
- "Night and Day"
- "What Is This Thing Called Love" (with Norah Jones)
- "Young at Heart"
- "My Way"