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“We shall pay any price … to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

— President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961



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Throwback Thursday: Frank Sinatra’s 1965 rendition of “It Was a Very Good Year”

No, I wasn’t around in 1965, but I absolutely remember this song from when I was a tot in the late 1970’s.  My parents played it quite a bit; they had a few Frank Sinatra albums among their stacks of 8-track tapes in the living room entertainment center.  I wasn’t supposed to touch them, but I did.  (Hey, they were right at the bottom level, where I could fiddle with them.  And, as a kid,  would read anything — even album titles.)

Anyway, this Internet thingamajig tells me that the song was written in 1961 by Ervine Drake for the Kingston Trio.  Sinatra won a Grammy in 1966 for his rendition of it, as did Gordon Jenkins for his accompanying instrumental work.