The Best Is Yet to Come

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"The Best Is Yet to Come"
Song
Published1959 by Edwin H. Morris & Co.
GenreJazz
Composer(s)Cy Coleman
Lyricist(s)Carolyn Leigh
"The Best Is Yet to Come"
Song by Frank Sinatra
from the album It Might as Well Be Swing
ReleasedAugust 1964 (1964-08)
RecordedJune 9, 1964
Genre
Length3:10
LabelReprise
Composer(s)Cy Coleman
Lyricist(s)Carolyn Leigh
Producer(s)Sonny Burke
Frank Sinatra singles chronology
"I Wanna Be Around"
(1964)
"The Best Is Yet to Come"
(1964)
"The Good Life"
(1964)

"The Best Is Yet to Come" is a 1959 song composed by Cy Coleman to lyrics by Carolyn Leigh.[1] It is associated with Frank Sinatra, who recorded it on his 1964 album It Might as Well Be Swing accompanied by Count Basie under the direction of Quincy Jones. It was the last song Sinatra sang in public,[2] on February 25, 1995, and the words "The Best is Yet to Come" are etched on Sinatra's tombstone.[3] Although Sinatra made it popular, the song was written for and introduced by Tony Bennett.[4]

Before it was recorded by Sinatra, the song's debut was sung and played by Cy Coleman on Hugh Hefner's Playboy's Penthouse variety show.

Notable recordings[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In February 1999, James Darren and Avery Brooks sang the song in the final scene of "Badda-Bing Badda-Bang", a seventh-season episode of the syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.[20]
  • The song was played as a wake-up call for the crew of Apollo 10 on May 22, 1969. The historic day marked the first time that the Lunar Module flew solo in lunar orbit as it made man's closest approach to the lunar surface to date.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Original versions of The Best Is Yet to Come written by Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh". Secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  2. ^ Di Nunzio, Miriam (6 March 2016). "Happy 100th birthday, Frank Sinatra". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. ^ Baker, Christopher P. (3 November 2008). Explorer's Guide Palm Springs & Desert Resorts: A Great Destination. Countryman Press. pp. 141–. ISBN 978-1-58157-048-9. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  4. ^ Liner Notes, Natalie Cole, Still Unforgettable
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  15. ^ "Sugar 'n' Spice". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
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  20. ^ Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler (writers); Mike Vejar (director) (1999-02-24). "Badda-Bing Badda-Bang". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Season 7. Episode 15. Syndicated.
  21. ^ David Woods; Robin Wheeler; Ian Roberts. "Apollo 10 Flight Journal". NASA. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 13 Jun 2012.