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Don Costa is a musician and guitarist hired as an arranger for many of Frank Sinatra's albums. Sinatra began using arrangements by Costa during his career with Reprise Records.

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Costa's first arrangements for Sinatra were in 1961 for the production of Sinatra's ballad album Sinatra and Strings.[1] Since then, Sinatra and Costa had a relationship that went on/off for several years until the late 1960s in which Sinatra hired Costa as his primary arranger. During this time, Costa arranged some of Sinatra's lowest-rated material in albums such as Cycles[2] and A Man Alone[3] as well as Sinatra's signature song "My Way."[4]

Into the 1970s, Sinatra still used Costa as his primary arranger, but retired from music in 1972. Afterward, he returned with the Gordon Jenkins-arranged Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back that Costa supported with some minor charts in.[5] Costa also aided in the arrangements of Sinatra's next album[6] as well as his other 70s projects that didn't come into fruition. The remnants of his failed 70s projects were featured in the later discs of The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings.

Sinatra's 80s career featured only a minor essence of Costa as Costa died in 1982. He arranged the Present of Trilogy: Past Present Future[7] as well as added in some minor arrangements into She Shot Me Down.[8] Sinatra's final work with Costa was his final work conducting an album. Sinatra's collaboration album with Sylvia Syms was arragned by Don Costa.


Below is a list of all albums Frank Sinatra recorded that were arranged by Don Costa: