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Nelson does it "My Way"

Friday, July 20, 2018 – Willie Nelson offers tribute to Frank Sinatra in a recording of Sinatra's classics, "My Way," coming Sept. 14 on Sony Legacy.

The first single is "Summer Wind," which was released on Thursday.

Nelson has released 12 albums since 2012. This is his second this year as "Last Man Standing" dropped in April.

The new album, which features lush string and horn arrangements, was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings. Nora Jones sings with Nelson on "What Is This Thing Called Love."

Recorded in the spirit of Nelson's 1978 "Stardust" album (one of the first contemporary artists to "cover" the Great American Songbook) and 2016's "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin," a Best Traditional Vocal Album Grammy Award winner, Nelson and Sinatra were friends and musical colleagues.

In the 1980s, Sinatra opened for Nelson at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and the two of them appeared together in a public service announcement for NASA's Space Foundation.

"I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank," Willie said recently in an interview for AARP magazine (June/July 2018). "He didn't worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever-he could sing it either way, and that's the feel you have to have."

The track listing is:
1. Fly Me To The Moon
2. Summer Wind
3. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
4. A Foggy Day
5. It Was A Very Good Year
6. Blue Moon
7. I'll Be Around
8. Night And Day
9. What Is This Thing Called Love (with Norah Jones)
10. Young At Heart
11. My Way

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