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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:30 am

"Ol' Blue Eyes", "The Voice of the Century", just a couple of the names by which Francis Albert Sinatra was known and loved across the world. Born just over a century ago in December 1915, and crucially a couple of months after the birth of maybe his greatest collaborator, Nelson Riddle, Sinatra had a rollercoaster career once he hit big as a crooner. He also made a few good & interesting film roles. But his love life was a bit chequered, and his supposed connections with the crime world never really left his image. Obviously he was a major star before videos, but here are a few performances of his finest works:

Theme from 'New York, New York' (live)

The Lady is a Tramp

Well, Did You Evah! (with Bing Crosby)

It Was A Very Good Year

My Way (live)

Like a Star @ heaven
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:11 am

Arena: Frank Sinatra - The Voice of the Century
Warts & all from 1998, an hour & a half relating how he rose from the Hoboken Four to the top of the tree, before gently returning to Earth. His film career received due attention, but it was the music that mattered, and so it should remain. A mix of archive talking heads and fresh ones showed the range of his effect on others. I expect that come December 12th, 2015, there'll be a whole lot of celebrating going on.

Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy
Engaging multi-talented musician came to Carmel, Indiana to pay tribute not just to his hero's singing, but also classic songwriters and arrangers and other great musicians who were a part of the story. Credit to Feinstein, he can't half hold a note when needed.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:49 am

Discovering: Frank Sinatra
Humble beginnings, modest solo success in the 1940s, film fun with Gene Kelly, a new bobby-soxer audience in the 1950s, more serious films, the Rat Pack, a colourful love life, shadowy Mafia allegations, on the wane in the 1960s and later. But in this, his centenary year, the Voice is still the most important thing.

Friday Night at the Proms: Sinatra's Centenary
A lengthy special with the John Wilson Orchestra and singers including Seth "Family Guy" MacFarlane himself. Jamie Parker and Clare Martin helped share the singing duties. They rattled through a wide mix of material, starting with Let's Face The Music And Dance, and ending on Put Your Dream Away.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:52 am

Sinatra: All or Nothing At All
A major 4 hour series re-telling his story partly through 11 songs he sang at his 1971 retirement concert. Interestingly, they used audio interviews in nearly all cases (with three persons having their words spoken by actors/actresses). This perhaps allowed more focus on the visuals, from his humble start, slow rise toward fame, then stardom and changing times. Just as the film "From Here to Eternity" signified a rise in his stock, so the aftermath of the 1960 Election showed a fall, and his turning from the Democrats toward the Republicans. His personal life might get the Thumbs Down, but his singing at its best still holds up.

Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank
From 1957, a short celebration of two old sweats at their height, with Frank nominally presenting. They shared a couple, but it was mainly one or the other. Fun little seasonal novelty.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:53 am

Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back
From 1973, a short show where he sang a couple of numbers, reminisced with Gene Kelly, and then sang a couple more. Repeated as part of a season of shows marking his centenary.

Europe in Concert: Cicero Sings Sinatra
From the Mehr! Theatre, Hamburg, this was Roger Cicero, together with other German stars such as Yvonne Catterfield, Xavier Naidoo, and europop DJ Sasha, whom duetted with Roger along the way, though he managed a few on his own. Always intriguing to meet folk who are big stars that you've never heard of (though Sasha had some UK success in the 1990's).
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:06 am

To Be Frank: Sinatra at 100
A fairly ordinary run-through of his life story, with various friends and fans singing his praises, with Alice Cooper, Simon Napier-Bell, Tim Rice, Louis Walsh and Paul Gambaccini among them, plus archive of the man himself.

Sinatra - The Main Event
From Madison Square Garden, Oct 13, 1974, a solid old show of hits old & new. The audience includes Rex Harrison, Carol Channing, Walter Cronkite and Robert Redford. Good stuff.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:48 am

His son, Frank Sinatra Jr has died of a heart attack. He was 72. He had been on tour in Florida, performing the "Sinatra sings Sinatra" show. RIP Sad
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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:43 am

Why Me?, by Sammy Davis Jr
The 2nd autobiography of the leading American black entertainer who has many good things to say about his good buddy Frank, who helped him on his way, and indirectly persuaded him to ditch the cocaine. The book ends with the two of them (and a reluctant Dean Martin) going on tour as a package. Sammy would have been 91 today.

The Ragman's Son, by Kirk Douglas
The screen actor ran into Sinatra on a couple of occasions (though possibly never on film). Douglas spoke up for Sinatra in court once, turning the event into a joke. All being well, Kirk will be 100 tomorrow. He did some singing, but obviously not to the same degree as Sinatra (or Sammy either).
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:52 am

Sinatra in concert at Royal Albert Hall
From 1970, with an introduction from Princess Grace of Monaco. He ran through familiar material, with Pennies From Heaven and Something being a bit different.

Sinatra & Friends
An odd variety show from 1977, with him sharing the spotlight and some duets with Natalie Cole, Dean Martin, Loretta Lynn, Tony Bennett and John Denver. Some pieces worked better than others, whether because of comparison of stature, or because of evident respect.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:17 am

Sinatra
With help from Don Costa and his Orchestra, a show from Nov 1969, a run through of material, with some linking banter, including a nice section on his film flops. He paid tribute to songwriters, I think at a time where the beatgroup boom of the 60s had revealed a similar boom in singer-songwriters, with new material Sinatra could use.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:12 am

Sinatra: The Voice of America
Lengthy career effort, with help from friends and biographers. There were some interesting refreshed twists, such as the push his mother gave him in starting out. His dwindling in the 60s after his peaks in the 50s, his changing politics after being snubbed by the Kennedys he was sucking up to, his retirement and return, and how he turned New York, New York into one of his many signature songs.

Sinatra - A Man and His Music
An hour-long special from November 1965, as he paid homage to songwriters for their craft. Most notable was a medley based around It Was A Very Good Year, where he would do part of other songs after each verse to double the effect of the message.

Sintara - A Man and His Music - Part II
As above, but from 1966. He also had daughter Nancy along to sing a couple of her own hits, and then a couple with her old man. As above, Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins were the guys handling the musical side.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:37 am

A Man And His Music +Ella +Jobim
The third in 3 years, this time with help from Ella Fitzgerald, and Brazilian bossa nova bod Antonio Carlos Jobim. This allows Sinatra to have a bash at The Girl From Ipanema, whilst he and Ella duet on The Lady Is A Tramp.

Sinatra - The Man and His Music
So moving forward 14 years to 1981, and the same old format, and musical accompaniment from the great Count Basie and his orchestra (or Bill as Frank calls him). He manages to have a crack at Something, perhaps a tacit recognition that the beat groups boom of the 1960s wasn't all bad, as well as New York, New York, and closing on Thanks For The Memory. A jolly enough ending to these repeats.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:29 am

Anchors Aweigh
Much like the later (and superior) On The Town, Sinatra and Gene Kelly play sailors on short shore leave (though their 4 days here look sluggish compared to the 24 hours of OTT). Quite a musical plot, given Sinatra wooing a singer (Kathryn Grayson) and trying to get her an audition with Jose Iturbi. He duets with Gene on "If You Knew Susie" and does "I Fall In Love Too Easily" at the Hollywood Bowl (and gets an Oscar nomination). His songs are overshadowed by Kelly's dance routines, though (including the notorious section with Jerry mouse). Also notable is a very young Dean Stockwell.
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