Sinatra Rocks! Ol’ Blue Eyes' Best, Worst and Surreal Pop Covers

Legendary crooner took on songs by Paul Simon, Neil Diamond and Jim Croce

"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (1981)

First sung by his then-wife Cher in 1966, Sonny Bono's tale of a clearly dysfunctional relationship made like a folk-rock novelty song. (On the plus side, it set Cher on the story-song course that led to more enduring triumphs like "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "Half-Breed.") Slowed down and turned into a piece of theater, Sinatra's version is dark and melancholic — as much a dramatic reading as a mere remake. Sinatra's last stab at rock (his next — and final — solo studio album, L.A. Is My Lady, returned him to the land of Cole Porter and Harold Arlen) but a nice way to go out.  

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