Frank Sinatra – “The Lady Is a Champ” (1968)

March 9, 2011 at 6:34 am (Frank Sinatra, Music, The Beatles)

What was labeled “Apple 1” (the very first Apple Records recording after The Beatles’ own “Hey Jude”/”Revolution” single), this extremely rare, private re-recording of “The Lady Is a Tramp” (retitled “The Lady Is a Champ”) was made by Sinatra in 1968 as a favor to The Beatles. Longtime Sinatra lyricist Sammy Cahn wrote new lyrics to the song as a birthday gift to Ringo Starr’s wife Maureen.
Only one copy was made, and the tape and masters were destroyed. Since there is only one copy, and since Sinatra and the Beatles were both involved, this may be among the most valuable records in the world.

Note: Since this is a bootlegged copy and not from the original master tapes, the sound is not the greatest.

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