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Charted: August 21, 1965

Rating: 4.667 (average of 3 ratings)

Genre: traditional pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. The September of My Years
  2. How Old Am I?
  3. Don’t Wait Too Long
  4. It Gets Lonely Early
  5. This Is All I Ask
  6. Last Night When We Were Young
  7. The Man in the Looking Glass
  8. It Was a Very Good Year
  9. When the Wind Was Green
  10. Hello, Young Lovers
  11. I See It Now
  12. Once Upon a Time
  13. September Song


sales in U.S. only 500,000
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 500,000


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 5
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • September Song (12/21/46) #8 US
  • It Was a Very Good Year (12/25/65) #28 US, #1 AC


Album of the Year Grammy winner. Click to go to awards page.

September of My Years
Frank Sinatra
September of My Years is one of Frank Sinatra’s triumphs of the ‘60s, an album that consolidated his strengths while moving him into new territory, primarily in terms of tone” (Erlewine). It also garnered him his second Grammy for Album of the Year, the first being 1959’s Come Dance with Me. He also won a third such award for A Man and His Music, a compilation of rerecordings of his hits released only months after this album.

However, it is September of My Years that “captures how Sinatra was at the time of his 50th birthday. Gordon Jenkins’ rich, stately, and melancholy arrangements give the album an appropriate reflective atmosphere. Most of the songs are new or relatively recent numbers; every cut fits into a loose theme of aging, reflection, and regret” (Erlewine).

“Sinatra, however, doesn’t seem stuck in his ways – though the songs are rooted in traditional pop, they touch on folk and contemporary pop. As such, the album offered a perfect summary, as well as suggesting future routes for the singer” (Erlewine).

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Next Album: A Man and His Music (compilation: 1960-1965)

Last updated April 13, 2008.