Harvey Bell is an active member of the Friars Club in New York City and an avid fan of the New York Knicks.
Harvey Bell’s other hobbies include listening to the music of Frank Sinatra.
Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “the finest vocal album of American popular songs ever recorded,” In the Wee Small Hours is also the highest ranking (#101) Frank Sinatra album on the Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Universally regarded as one of Sinatra’s greatest achievements, it is also hailed as the first “concept album” in history.
The product of an era in which 7-inch vinyl singles were far more prevalent than 12-inch albums, In the Wee Small Hours was a revelation upon its 1955 release. No previous LP recording had sustained a single, specific mood throughout its entire duration. Furthermore, Sinatra and his producer Nelson Riddle designed In the Wee Small Hours to flow from song to song in a way that asked listeners to consume the whole album in a single sitting.
Dealing with themes of loss and isolation, In the Wee Small Hours was likely inspired by Sinatra’s state of mind during the recording process. Many contend that the album was profoundly shaped by his recent breakup with Eva Gardner.