My Kind Of Town (Chicago Is)

Today’s song, My Kind of Town, was written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen in 1964, originally as part of the Rat Pack musical Robin and 7 Hoods, but it became one of the most popular solo songs of the great Frank Sinatra. The song has come to my attention more recently when I was watching the brilliant Norwegian comedy series Lilyhammer, where the fictional New York gangster Frank (The Fixer) Tagliano, played by Steven Van Zandt of Sopranos fame is starting a new life in Lillehammer, Norway. There’s an episode called My Kind of Town which ends with Frank singing this song with his new friends, work colleagues, and a few enemies, replacing Chicago with Lillehammer.

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