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Father and son sing to Frank Sinatra while driving
January 7, 2017
Who says crooning is dead? A father and son duo in Britain show that it is alive and well by belting out a pop standard in a viral video. In the video the father and son team sing the Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. rendition of “Me and My Shadow.” The father, Matt Clayton sings Sinatra’s parts, and the son, Archie, sings Davis Jr.’s parts.
Clayton, 36, is a salesman from Kent, England, Kent Online reported. He sings in a swing band called “Our Way,” and performs with the Dover Operatic and Dramatic Society. Clayton said that he and Archie were singing the song because they always sing Sinatra in the car since Sinatra is Archie’s favorite singer.
The adorable video has racked up more than 600, 000 views on YouTube. Commenters on the video give insight into why it is so popular—it features Sinatra’s smooth jazz vocals and familial love.
Jean Colson wrote, “How cool - Dad and son in the U.K. just singing away. I'm sure that Frank and Sammy would heartedly approve!" Similarly, David Shelton commented, "So much love I can't stand it! :) Beautiful father/son moment! I wish I could like extra times to get rid of the haters who have disliked this video!”
According to Song Facts, “Me and My Shadow” is the “quintessential soft-shoe number.” It was originally composed in the late 1920s. The author of "The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia" attributes the song solely to Billy Rose, but Song Facts points out that singer Al Jolson and composer Dave Dryer may have had a hand in the popular song, which has been covered by a myriad of artists.