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

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

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"Leaving on a Jet Plane" (1971)

John Denver's melancholic ballad about hitting the road and leaving behind his loved one (a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary) sounds like it was written for Sinatra, even if it wasn't. The sense of road weariness heard in "Both Sides Now" is even more ingrained here: You can hear in Sinatra's voice all the years of touring, sleeping in hotels and hanging out in dressing rooms. Except for a splash of brass in the chorus, the arrangement mostly restraints itself. One of the highlights of Sinatra's pop period.

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