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America Dances Program 19-07-1939

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:37+00:00 March 20th, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

On 19th of July, 1939, Frank Sinatra and Harry James‘s band had a broadcast, America Dances Program. And we are very grateful to have this 73 year old piece available to us.

Frank Sinatra Harry James America Dances Program

Frank Sinatra Harry James America Dances Program

 

 

The following paragraphs are taken from covers of America Dances disc.

Fine diamonds, vintage wines, classic cars, McKinley buttons. They all fit in the same category. Look under the column entitled “rare”. To a collector of recorded broadcast music, the Harry James band of 1939 would also belong under the heading.

One of the Golden Years in the era of the big bands, 1939 saw the opening of the New York World’s Fair, the start of World War II, and the advent of the James band. Harry, having made his mark with the great Benny Goodman aggregation, set out in January of that year to front his own group, one with a definate emphasis on swing and build quire understandably, around the leader’s horn. With his own band and arrangements tailored to his liking, Harry had more space in which to develop his solos, as opposed to playing jazz trumpet as a sideman and having to condense his ideas into 8 or 16 bar solo spot.

The band had a recording contract with Brunswick and held their first session in February. Out of the thirty five sides released that year, (sixteen on Brunswick and the rest on Columbia, which Harry joined in August) seventeen were instrumentals. Handling the vocals initially was Bernice Byers, who was succeeded by Connie Haines, heard here in this July broadcast. The first male vocalist (not including scat-singing trumpeter Jack Palmer) was a wavy-haired and thin-faced young man named Frank Sinatra. This may have something to do with the fact that these ’39 James are so rare, because this was Frank’s first job with a band.

The first selection here was broadcast from an engagement at New York’s famous Roseland Ballroom. Shorty George, a tune recorded by the Count Basie band the previous year, includes solos by Harry, Claude Lakey on tenor and Jumbo Jack Gardner on piano. It is interesting to note that Lakey, during his long association with the band, played tenor, alto, and used to double as the fourth man in the trumpet section at times.

To You, a hit ballad of the day, was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. The James version was not recorded but is sung ably by Sinatra, who exhibits some of the fine qualities which made him one of the most celebrated in popular music in the ensuing years. On his early recordings, the voice quality is thinner due to the higher keys associated with youth, but note Frank’s unique pronunciation and good pitch. The great phrasing had not yet developed but was certainly adequate.

King Porter Stomp is a ave Matthews arrangement recorded earlier in the year and features Harry, Lakey, Gardner, and the afore mentioned Matthews on alto. Just six days before this broadcast, the band had recorded From The Bottom Of My Hear, the first record made by Sinatra, and one which will give you an idea of why that Brunswick recording is one of the rarest in existence. The version heard here features a full chorus solo by Harry which had been cut down to half on the recording so as to fit within the limits of the old 78’s. The spot of tenor is by Lakey.

Beer Barrel Polka is presented first as a straight-laced version, which moves into a bright swing following a drum break into the second chorus, and ends after a cut to half-time, all of which must have confused the dancers in the ballroom back in those days when they had a name for every step you did on the floor! Solos are by James, Lakey and Matthews.

Connie Haines sings the obscure White Sails, and does so in that cute “Litthe Girl” voice later heard with the Tommy Dorsey band.

In the penultimate item, the band gives the Lunceford opus Well Alright a typical 1939 treatment with the band singing and clapping behind Jack Palmer’s scat vocal. Lakey’s tenor is followed by a rousing James solo and later by a last chorus ensemble borrowed from King Porter.

The Two O’clock Jump, which became the tune most associated with James through the years, is the blues in F and Db. Originally done by the Count Basie band as the One O’Clock Jump, Harry added cascading triplets in the last chorus and moved the clock ahead an hour. This is the full arrangement, and includes whole sections out of the recording the band had made earlier in the year. Harry still carries the tune in the book and has recorded it many times, each time with some variations or additions.

Side 2 presents the band in 1940. Sinatra had already left to join Tommy Dorsey after the band’s engagement at Victor Hugo’s in Los Angeles at the end of 1939, and the singer following Frank was Fran Heines out of Canada. One day another young man made an appointment to sing some of his songs for Harry. James told the lad hi didn’t like the songs but he’d certainly like him to join the band as a singer. His name, Dick Haymes, soon to be recognized as the possessor of one of the fines voices ever. Dick replaced Heines and stayed with the band until late 1941, when he left to join Tommy Dorsey, ironically enough again to replace Frank Sinatra!

Harry had a new recording contract with U.S. Recording Co. which produced records on the Varsity label. The quality was poor and, as a result of 1940 band was never heard at its best on records. Although the selections heard on this broadcast are not representative of the great library of swinging instrumentals the band had acquired (Don Redman was contributing scores at the time), it does feature some of the tunes the band recorded.

Maybe, a Jack Matthias arrangement, features Dick Haymes with a voice matured well beyond his years. Very impressive is the resonance Dick always managed to achieve in the low register.

Concerto For Trumpet features Harry as the virtuoso that he is, playing the famous original composition which had been recorded in Los Angeles only the previous autumn. James did this often in the early years – mixing the technical with the classics, the ballads and the swing

Dick returns to sing “Too Romantic” a ballad featured that year in the movie The Road to Singapore, one of the early Hope-Crosby classics. The tenor sax solo in the first chorus is by Vido Musso, who joined the band earlier in the year. Vido had played in the  Goodman band with Harry a few years before.

The side closes with Feet Draggin’ Blues another James original recorded a year earlier and which was among Harry’s most popular arrangements. This too remained in the book a long time afterward.

The 1939-40 James band years are said by many to be the best and swinginist. In any case, these rare early boradcast are a welcomed addition to any Collection.

Bob Friedlander

Mr. Bob Friedlander is a professional arranger, composer, and conductor, and has arranged for such big bands as Harry James, Sam Donahue, Richard Maltby, Ralph Flanagan, Johnny Long. He provided music for Grace Kelly’s wedding in Monaco, and Mike Todd’s birthday party for Elizabeth Taylor. He was assistant arranger to George Williams on the Jackie Gleason show. Born in Balwin N.Y., Bob was a first hand spectator of the James band in the early 40’s.

Special thanks to Kate Peart, Peter Johnston, and Dan Mather for aid in the production of this album.

The part above is from the back of America Dances Program.

1939-07-19 Frank Sinatra Harry James America Dances Program LP

1939-07-19 Frank Sinatra Harry James America Dances Program LP

The first part of the America Dances disc, as mentioned, is from 19th July 1939. The other side of the America Dances disc is from 1940, with Dick Haymes as vocal instead of Frank Sinatra, as Sinatra had left Harry James’s band to join Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra.

2 songs of the America Dances Program includes Frank Sinatra, which are “To You” and “From The Bottom Of My Heart”. The other songs either has Dick Haymes, or no vocals, just orchestra. As known, most of the songs in the big band era are instrumental only, or they give very small part to vocal.

To You is a kind of song that makes you say. “Why don’t we have more songs of early Sinatra?” . The quality is quite nice despite it was recorded 73 years ago from a broadcast, and is very enjoyable. The phrasing is just as expected, and I especially love “I’ll be forever yours” and “Your smile made the clouds and the shadows on high take wings” parts, very lovely. Due to the quality, the band parts are better listened with low sound.

From The Bottom Of My Heart is the second and last song song that Sinatra sings in this album. I find every line very well phrased and the orchestration is wonderful. When listening, you can realize how wonderful the “If You’d Say I Love You” line is sang. Just to hear this line, I can listen to this recording again and again.

America Dances Program of Frank Sinatra with Harry James Orchestra is surely a must for all Sinatra fans who love his early years, as it has a historical value. Early recordings are hard to come by as Sinatra was not very popular those times, most of them are lost. With these recordings, we can understand Frank Sinatra better, and see how his voice changed and improved in time.

 

The Song Is You (Box Set) – CD 1

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:37+00:00 March 8th, 2012|Categories: Albums|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The first CD of The Song Is You Box Set has many great songs of Frank Sinatra as expected; and firstly, let us take a look at the song list.

Frank Sinatra The Song Is You Box Set CD 1

Frank Sinatra The Song Is You Box Set CD 1

 

Frank Sinatra The Song Is You Box Set CD 1 Song List

Frank Sinatra The Song Is You Box Set CD 1 Song List

The Song Is You Box Set, CD 1 Song List

1. The Sky Fell Down
2. Too Romantic
3. Shake Down the Stars
4. Moments in the Moonlight
5. I’ll Be Seeing You
6. Say It
7. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
8. Fable of the Rose
9. This Is the Beginning of the End
10. Hear My Song, Violetta
11. Fools Rush in (Where Angels Fear to Tread)
12. Devil May Care
13. April Played the Fiddle
14. I Haven’t Time to Be a Millionaire
15. Imagination
16. Yours Is My Heart Alone
17. You’re Lonely and I’m Lonely
18. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
19. Head on My Pillow
20. It’s a Lovely Day Tomorrow
21. I’ll Never Smile Again
22. All This and Heaven Too
23. Where Do You Keep Your Heart

I’ll Be Seeing You, Fools Rush In, Imagination, I’ll Never Smile Again are the songs that draw the attention as they can be considered as the most popular songs of Frank Sinatra’s Tommy Dorsey era, but these are not all. The first CD of The Song Is You box set has many amazing songs. Following comments are on the songs that I find at least “worth” listening, in my humble opinion, for the first CD of The Song Is You Box Set.

 

The Sky Fell Down, a very smooth piece, is sang by Frank Sinatra very well, and always is a great alternative to his popular songs. Well performed and recommended.

Too Romantic, again a great example. Lyrics might not be the best, but performance of the orchestra and Sinatra  make up for it.

Shake Down The Stars can be considered as “different” compared to other songs in the disc due to the arrangement and tempo, which make it great! Hard to realize how fast the song plays, quite enjoyable. The song also includes good saxophone parts, simply beautiful orchestration.

Moments In The Moonlight: I find the trombone parts at the beginning and end too much and loud, but when Frank Sinatra starts to sing, his talent makes it unimportant for me. The way he phrases “Moonlight” and following parts are especially quite nice, unique to Sinatra himself.

I’ll Be Seeing You is no doubt a very important song of Sinatra. Very hard to describe the beauty of this song with words. “I’ll be looking at the moon” part at minute 2:00 is sang a bit fast in my opinion, but the rest is pure perfection. Excellent performance and orchestration. No doubt it is many people’s favorite of Dorsey era.

Say It can be considered as an unpopular song of Sinatra. Nothing interesting with the lyrics, I like the “Say it, ooover and o-ver again” part though. Arrangement of finishing section could be better.

Polka Dots And Moonbeams is definitely one of my favorites, waiting for many people to be discovered. One of the many great songs that shows characteristics of Sinatra’s voice at the beginning of 1940’s. Recommended.

This Is The Beginning Of The End: Too fast. Sinatra loves to put emphasis on lyrics a lot, but when it is this fast, song loses a lot of its meaning, if it has any potential.

Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread): Another treasure from 1940’s. Fools rush in, where wise men never go. But wise men never fall in love, so how are they to know? Just amazing, a must.

Devil May Care begins with an ordinary arrangement of big band era songs. Nothing special, but worth a try.

April Played The Fiddle: Good arrangement and orchestration, OK song.

I Haven’t Time to Be a Millionaire: Could be one of the songs of Sinatra that you listen once in a blue moon.

Imagination could use a much better arrangement as it has huge potential. Sinatra later proved that this song can be performed way more beautifully. Still, it is very nice to listen this song from the “early” Sinatra.

East Of The Sun: Here is an interestingly beautiful song. Arrangement is very well for this song, and Sinatra simply shows his amazing singing talent. If there were no vocals except Sinatra, East of The Sun could be a lot better.

I’ll Never Smile Again: Pied Pipers and Frank Sinatra at their best. Simply beautiful and charming song, could not get any better than this version. The more you listen the song, the better you realize how good it is. Perfection.

All This And Heaven Too is an unpopular song of early years of Frank Sinatra, despite its beauty. The song begins with a smooth arrangement, with an excellent combination of instruments, continuing with Sinatra’s charming performance. The song’s lyrics are also very well written by Jimmy Van Heusen.

You give me your love and your love is a melody,
Deep in my heart I will carry this song with me,
You bring a love so divine, all this is mine
And heaven too.

To sum up, the first CD of this 5 CD The Song Is You Box Set is very satisfactory and a very important piece for Frank Sinatra fans with its 23 songs. It helps us to understand Sinatra’s early years, which are quite marvelous, a lot better. In time, I will post information about other CD´s of The Song Is You box set.

Birthday of Frank Sinatra – Happy Birthday

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:37+00:00 December 12th, 2011|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On December 12, 1990, Frank Sinatra celebrated his birthday by giving a concert at Meadowlands, and having a party after it. During the concert, Sinatra started with “You Make Me Feel So Young”, sang many songs, New York New York with Liza Minnelli, and songs with Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence. At the end of the concert, every single person at the Brendan Byrne Arena shouted “Happy Birthday” to him.

Frank Sinatra: This is without a doubt the finest birthday celebration I think I’ve ever had in my life. Not think, I know. I just simply want to say I love you all dearly and I thank you for taking part in this wonderful night for me. I should never forget as long as I live. God bless you all, and good night. Thank you.

After the concert, Barbara Sinatra threw a party for Frank at Waldorf Hotel with a hundred people. She rose to her feet, made a toast, and said:

“Darling, All these years you’ve given the world beautiful, wonderful music, but you have given me the world… One more thought, the fourth time around is really lovely!” said Barbara to Frank Sinatra at the private party after his Meadowlands concert in New Jersey Wednesday on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

Mrs. Sinatra was a dedicated and ravishing hostess at the Waldorf in New York when about 200 of the creme de la creme of the Sinatra world gathered to exude the milk of human kindness together.

The party was fairly low-key and sedate, yet warm and informal. Sinatra did a karate chop at his birthday cake, as if dismissing it, and he seemed overcome with emotion after all the speeches, particularly by his wife and children. So he decided to make a few jokes about the room’s sound system. “Charlie Waldorf better get in there and do something about this room; I’ve lived in this hotel for years and was never in here before. I never want to party here again.” This was all jest and comic relief.

Steve Lawrence, as emcee, said: “A lot of people would like to say something to you tonight, Frank, but some of them have day jobs.” New York Mayor David Dinkins commented that “the danger with success is that it makes us forget injustice. This is not true of you, Mr. Chairman!”

Alan King: “Mozart and Caruso could not have given me the pleasure Frank Sinatra gave me for 50 years!”

Jule Styne dubbed Sinatra “the only man who phrases the lyric; not music.”

Liza Minnelli: “In my whole life, I have never had more pleasure or fun than I have had with you. My sister thanks you, my mother thanks you, my father thanks you and I thank you!”

Robert Wagner: “Your real talent is as a friend.”

Phyllis Wagner: “You were always giving.”

Robert Marx” “Thanks for giving so much love to my mother and making her happy.”

Roger Moore read a rave about Sinatra by the Pulitzer Prizewinning writer William Kennedy.

Jilly Rizzo: “Happy Birthday. I never thought I’d live to see the day. A lot of other people didn’t think so either.

Tina Sinatra, weeping: “You are an American treasure. I am so grateful that you’re 75 and I expect so much more from you because without you, I’m nothing.”

Frank Jr. attributed his father’s long life to his eating properly and never letting smoke or alcohol touch his tongue. Sinatra responded: “These few days have been sensational for me. It was 6000 to one that I’d get to be 50 years old, but 75? I love it. I’ve had some fun in the past weeks and a few tears.” (by Liz Smith, 16 December 1990, The Evening Post)

Today, after 21 years of this concert, we are celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 96th birthday. Much has changed since then, the whole world has changed. But there are still millions of Sinatra fans out there, and a simple Sinatra song can make their day better.

Thank you Mr. Sinatra, for singing more than a thousand songs during your career, singing perfectly. Thank you for making us cry when we are sad, without your songs “sad” is never really “sad”. Thank you for the happy days we get when we listen to your songs. You are love, you are loneliness, you are happiness. You are every feeling there is.

Happy 96th Birthday Frank Sinatra, we miss you. May you rest in piece…

Frank Sinatra Birthday

Pamela Anderson To Host Frank Sinatra’s Birthday

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:37+00:00 November 10th, 2011|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

PAMELA ANDERSON TO HOST FRANK SINATRA’S BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA BENFITTING THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
Three unique event experiences to honor the Chairman of the Board

Hosted by Pamela Anderson, A Swingin Affair gala, benefiting the Alzheimer’s
Association, which takes place Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the Riviera Palm
Springs, celebrates Frank Sinatra’s birthday in grand style.  The event
series includes three unique celebrations in one day beginning with an
exclusive VIP cocktail party at Sinatra’s former home, gala and after party.
Performances throughout the event include Frank Sinatra Jr. and his 20-piece
Orchestra, singer/pianist Daniel Joseph Baker (America’s Got Talent), X
Factor finalist Phillip Lomax, jazz artists Matt Dusk and Luca Ellis, and
actress/Broadway star Lainie Kazan.  The gala features a sumptuous
three-course dinner, signature cocktails and a star-studded blue carpet in
honor of Ol’ blue eyes.

This is not your typical gala,” says Ricardo Coronado, co-chairman of the
event. “This is a lifestyle experience. They say, ‘They don’t party like
they used to.’ Well, we do. We are bringing back the decadence of Frank’s
lifestyle and putting it into three luxurious parties in one day and night,
and if guests party like Frank did, the extravaganza could go into the next
morning. This is all about honoring Frank’s legacy, style, and swagger and
helping a great organization in the process.”

First stop is the exclusive VIP cocktail party at Sinatra’s former Twin
Palms estate, which was designed by famed architect E. Stewart Williams and
lived in by Sinatra and first wife Nancy and then Ava Gardner. Canadian jazz
artist Matt Dusk, Jr. Trio, who has three No. 1 international hits, will
perform with The Buddy Greco and cocktails and canapés will be served
poolside from 2-5 p.m.

Stop two of the night will be the main gala boasting a celebrity blue carpet
at the posh Riviera Palm Springs where Sinatra held most of his lavish
parties. Architect and visionary Irwin Schuman designed the historic
location and the event will be fashioned in the grand Hollywood Regency
style.

The night closes with an after-party, starting at 11:30 p.m., at the swanky
Starlite Lounge in the Riviera and featues performances by Phillip Lomax,
Daniel Joseph Baker and Luca Ellis, and cocktails will be flowing into the
wee hours of the morning. A special toast and a cake will be cut at midnight
in honor of what would have been Sinatra’s 96th birthday.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit
www.ASwingingAffair.info or contact the organizers at 760-561-5561 or
info@aswingingaffair.com.

Location:
Riviera Palm Springs
1600 North Indian Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, CA 92262

About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer¹s Association works on a global, national and local level to
enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer¹s and related
dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible degeneration of the brain
that causes disruptions in memory, cognition, personality, and other
functions that eventually leads to death from complete brain failure. Over
5.4 million Americans age 65 and older are thought to have Alzheimer’s
disease. Learn more at: www.alz.org.

(This post is a request, for you people to know about this gala)

Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert 1961 – 2 December – Australia

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:37+00:00 October 23rd, 2011|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , |

There are hundreds of concerts of Frank Sinatra, but some of them are very special. This might be because one particular concert was on a historic date, or very important people attended it, or it was at a very important place, OR it was so good. This 1961 Frank Sinatra Sydney concert is a special one, because in many ways it is awesome, magnificent, and brilliant. And what’s more? We have the video of it.

Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert 1961

Sinatra comes to stage while the orchestra is playing the music of Ring a Ding Ding and the show starts. He is totally in the mood for singing the songs in this concert, and the way he sings makes some of the songs much better than their studio versions. You can feel the swing and his energy while watching it.

When I wrote this post, there were many available videos of this concert on Youtube, but allmost all of them are taken down now. I specifically want to mention the performance of  “I’ll Be Seeing You” because in my opinion, this is the best version ever. Some might find the tempo fast though. Sinatra performed this song only few times live, so it is a treasure. Below is Frank Sinatra’s “Without A Song” performance.

Here is the songs list of the concert.

I’ve Got the World on A String
I Concentrate on You
Night and Day
Moonlight in Vermont
In the Still of the Night
I’ll Be Seeing You
Day In, Day Out
The Moon Was Yellow
You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
Monologue
Come Fly with Me
April in Paris
A Foggy Day
Without A Song
Imagination
The Second Time Around
Young at Heart
Witchcraft
Embraceble You
The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
My Funny Valentine
My Blue Heaven
One for My Baby
The Lady is A Tramp

Following images are of Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert program, and concert tickets.

Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert 1961 Ticket

 

Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert 1961 Inside

Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert 1961 Inside

 

Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert 1961

Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert 1961

 

It is a real real shame that this Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert is not officially available in a better quality. We have too many average concerts which are officially released, but this super concert can only be watched on YouTube thanks to uploaders. In fact, if I had not uploaded all the songs, you would miss some songs as not all of them were available before. Who knows how many concerts there are as good as this Sydney one without our knowledge.

Frank Sinatra Fan Page on Facebook

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:38+00:00 October 16th, 2011|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Frank Sinatra Fan Page of TheFrankSinatra.com on Facebook is now live!

 
With more than 800 million users, Facebook is impossible to ignore by any company or website as it helps to reach more people in a more efficient way. TheFrankSinatra.com has Frank Sinatra Fan Page as well, but for a different purpose. While this website is mainly for sharing information, Facebook Fan Page is only for sharing videos of Frank Sinatra performances. Since 1st of January 2011, Frank Sinatra Fan Page has reached 1.500 people and helped people to watch more than 130 performances of Sinatra, some rare some common. From now on, I will post daily videos from 60+ different concerts everyday, and they will always be at least very good performances.
 
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Feel free to add videos of Frank Sinatra or your questions and ideas on Frank Sinatra Fan Page to contribute. As expected, the more people take part, the more people will benefit and know Sinatra in a better way. We are used to watching videos of the same concerts over and over, but Frank Sinatra Fan Page will introduce you many concerts and photos that you might have never seen before. There are always more and good enough material to share, when it come to the legendary Frank Sinatra.
 
I sometimes upload many videos on YouTube at once and share them one by one on Frank Sinatra Fan Page in a long term. Subscribing to my account on YouTube will give you chance to see those videos earlier than they are shared on Frank Sinatra Fan Page on Facebook. YouTube videos have almost reached half a million views in total, I am happy to say.

Sinatra: Best of the Best of the Best of The Best!

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:38+00:00 September 15th, 2011|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

Hearing wonderful news and not sharing with you? Impossible. The official Frank Sinatra fan page on facebook has announced that we have an incoming album: Sinatra: Best of the Best. This collection is told to be a beautiful marriage of songs from Capitol years and Reprise years and consists of 2 CD’s. Here are the songs.

Sinatra Best Of The Best

CD 1

1. I’ve Got The World On A String
2. My Funny Valentine
3. Young At Heart
4. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
5. Love And Marriage
6. You Make Me Feel So Young
7. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
8. The Lady Is A Tramp
9. Witchcraft
10. All The Way
11. Come Fly With Me
12. Angel Eyes
13. Nice ‘N’ Easy
14. Night And Day
15. The Way You Look Tonight
16. My Kind Of Town
17. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
18. It Was A Very Good Year
19. Strangers In The Night
20. Summer Wind
21. That’s Life
22. My Way
23. Theme From New York, New York

CD 2 IN CONCERT Live In Seattle

1. Introduction/You Make Me Feel So Young
2. It Happened In Monterey
3. At Long Last Love
4. I Get A Kick Out Of You
5. Just One Of Those Things
6. A Foggy Day
7. The Lady Is A Tramp
8. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
9. I Won’t Dance
10. Sinatra Dialogue
11. When Your Lover Has Gone
12. Violets For Your Furs
13. My Funny Valentine
14. Glad To Be Unhappy
15. One For My Baby
16. The Tender Trap
17. Hey Jealous Lover
18. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
19. Oh! Look At Me Now

Now, I know this is just a Sinatra: Best of the Best album, not Sinatra: Best of the Best of the Best of The Best as title suggests, but thanks to the lovely authorities, some people keep choosing the best songs of Frank Sinatra for us over and over again. So in maybe 10 or 20 years, we may buy the Sinatra: Best of the Best of the Best of The Best album as well. These authorities are so good at choosing songs that they include “Love and Marriage” in this Sinatra: Best of the Best set. Okay, you may very well love that song; but including it in the best of best album? Don’t think that makes sense. Mayhaps in a “Most Popular” album.

Again, thanks to the authorities, we can pay again for the same songs. And why? Because they are in a different CD! And the album name is different! How wonderful.

How about editing and improving some unreleased concerts, making some effort for Sinatra? How about releasing some HD concerts, instead of putting the concerts together that were already released and naming it “Concert Collection” ? How about buying those 200+ recorded shows of Frank Sinatra and releasing them instead of letting them gather dust in a cellar in a club? But of course Sinatra: Best of the Best is a nice of making quick money.

My friends, there are lots of things to say, but who is listening? Making money using the name Frank Sinatra is easy. The important thing is, doing such work that Sinatra legacy deserves. Maybe one day…

Soon: Updates on Songs

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:38+00:00 September 2nd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

As you might have noticed, there is a “What Did Sinatra Say About This Song?” section in every song, which is something I believe never done before. With my hands on more than 200+ concerts now, I believe that section will serve a lot better, and we shall be able to know a lot more about Frank Sinatra’s opinions of a spesific song. Posts will be updated by the end of Monday.

Songs are updated, and the video of Barbara Sinatra interview that was no longer on Youtube has been replaced with a new one.

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Interview With Kerem Gorsev

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:38+00:00 August 28th, 2011|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , |

Born in 1961 in Istanbul, Kerem Gorsev is one of the important jazz musicians in Turkey. I had a chance to see him perform with his trio last year, in Tony Bennett – Kerem Gorsev Trio concert, which was quite an experience. Though I am not a big fan of trios, I try to follow him from time to time to see and understand his progress, since Kerem Gorsev is the most famous cazz pianist in Turkey today. Needless to say, Kerem Gorsev has been performing in many other countries as well, due to his success. Since I know he loves Frank Sinatra, i wanted to interview with him, and he has been kind to accept my request.

Kerem Gorsev Sinatra Interview

Dear Kerem Gorsev, first of all, thanks for accepting my interview request. Firstly, I want to talk about you. You are one of the leading and most popular jazz musicians and pianists in Turkey. When did your first interest in jazz music appeared and who encouraged you about this or which musicians influenced you at most?

When I was studying at the music college, I showed interest in jazz music when listening to the LP’s of my brother and his friends. They used to convert them into cassettes and give me. I listened them and was impressed, and started to understand the way of that music. Bill Evans has been the first and the most influencing jazz pianist in my whole life.

What kind of jazz music do you love most? Do you try to stick to one when creating your work of arts?

I love acoustic jazz and the music of 1950s, 60s and 70s. When making my music, I stick to the traditional trio style. Quartet, quintet and big bands have also been a matter of interest for me. Combining the style and behavior of those eras and the stories that live gives me today, I am trying to find a taste and style myself.

Do you like Frank Sinatra? When did you first listen to him?

I am one of the millions of Frank Sinatra fans in the world. I have plenty of CD’s of him at my house. When I started to listen jazz music in the middle 1970s, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johny Hartman and Nat King Cole were the male vocals I love at most.

Frank Sinatra was a person who proved himself in different types of music such as jazz, swing, pop, ballad and easy listening. Which style of him do you prefer, and which songs of Frank Sinatra are your favorite ones?

Frank Sinatra has impressed me most with his recordings with large orchestras. Especially the recordings, which used the arrangement of Claus Ogerman and in which Sinatra worked with Antonio Carlos Jobim are of the most important recordings of music history. The ballads he sang in TV Shows with Dean Martin and Judy Garland with large orchestras including string sections are still listened with pleasure. The song I love at most is the ballad Nancy, which is for his daughter.

What are your opinions about the orchestration, background, arrangement and quality of Frank Sinatra songs? Can you define them as rich and qualified?

Frank Sinatra worked with the best musicians and orchestras throughout his life. Working with big bands and string orchestras and with the best orchestra conductors and arrangers such as Nelson Riddle and Claus Ogerman, Sinatra has made himself timeless with high quality music.

It is for sure that Frank Sinatra was once the best. Do you think he still has an effect on musicians of today’s world? Do people know about his art as well as his fame today?

Sinatra was one of the most important musicians of the world in his times, of course. In our times, I think musicians of the young generation use the things, which they learn when listening to Frank Sinatra’s CDs or watching his DVDs and movies, in their musical career. Frank Sinatra was a very serious, successful musician.

Coming to the end of our interview, do you wish to add anything related to Frank Sinatra or TheFrankSinatra.com?

Your website has undertaken a task of introducing Frank Sinatra and teaching about him to younger generations.  I congratulate you.

Mr. Kerem Gorsev, thank you very much for the interview and your kind answers. I wish you success in your life and in your musical career, and days full of jazz and Sinatra.

For more information about Kerem Gorsev, you can visit the following the following link to his official website.

http://www.keremgorsev.com/index.php?lang=en

 

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:38+00:00 August 11th, 2011|Categories: Songs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here’s a truly masterpiece, an awesome jazz piece, I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Written in 1936 by Cole Porter, it was not perfect till Nelson Riddle’s rearranged this song. Sinatra included this song in his album Songs For Swingin’ Lovers (1956), and it was a huge hit. From then on, I’ve Got You Under My Skin was to be a song he would sing all his life.

I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra

“…It took twenty-two takes of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” to satisfy the singer. Sublimely erotic, this recording is the turning point in the Sinatra-Riddle epoch, the pivot on which all future Sinatra efforts would hinge. Ironically, it almost never came to pass, as it was added to the list of tunes for the Songs for Singin’ Lovers album shortly before the session at which it was recorded. In the forty-plus years since its waxing, the recording has become one of the most studied and admired Sinatra performances of all time…”

[Sessions With Sinatra]

Frank Sinatra was to re-perform I’ve Got You Under My Skin in 2 other albums later, in Sinatra’s Sinatra (1963) and Duets (1993) with U2’s soloist bono. Except the version with Bono, in which Bono can be considered as having ruined the song, it is very hard to find a bad version of this song. Mr. Sinatra included I’ve Got You Under My Skin in his concerts great many times, making it hard to count. And every time, he was legendary. The orchestration is very rich and highly enjoyable with a trombone solo, and Sinatra’s shouting “Don’t you know you fool, you never can win”, and stopping at a point and re-singing the chorus starting with “I would sacrifice anything…” makes it perfect.

What did Frank Sinatra say about I’ve Got You Under My Skin?

Here’s something that I don’t like leaving out because it’s a classic. And its arrangement is a classic.( 1976-05-10 Grand Ol’ Opry)

This is a Cole Porter Song. Great Song (Sinatra ’57 In Concert)

Nelson Riddle’s most identifiable orchestration I believe this would be. It’s bigger in Japan than it is here. (?,?)

Oh, here’s something we can’t leave out when we do a performance. Cole Porter’s shining hour and Nelson Riddle’s, at his best. (Main Event)

Ah! Here’s an old chestnut we can never leave out of program because people I think, sometimes we get letters say why didn’t you do it or you didn’t sing that song. This is a Cole Porter and Nelson Riddle’s wonderful orchestration, the song you know well. (Dublin, 1991)

Nelson Riddle and Cole Porter, something we never leave out. (Caesar’s Palace, 1975)

Ah, here’s a beauty. (?, 1973)

This is one of the best of Mr. Cole Porter and Mr. Nelson Riddle’s arrangements. (White House, 1973)

Cole Porter, My Way of Nelson Riddle (Royal Festival Hall, 1971)

Cole Porter and Nelson Riddle, this is a must! You don’t do this, you get hate letters. (1980-07-07 Universal Amphitheater)

 

Here’s a wonderful version of I’ve Got You Under My Skin from A Man and His Music.

I’ve Got You Under My Skin might not be as widely known as My Way, Strangers In The Night or New York New York, but surely it is known by almost everyone that knows Frank Sinatra, and I might add this is one of his greatest songs of all times.