Saturday, December 12, 2015

Come on Along, Come on Along, to the Frank Sinatra Centennial Concert! Hear Scores of The Voice’s Greatest Performances, from Every Stage of His Incomparable Career!


The early 1940s

Produced by Nicholas Stix

Frank Sinatra: Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer’s “My Shining Hour” (from Trilogy: Past Present Future)


Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer’s “Come Rain or Shine”


The Quintessential Version of Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer’s “One for My Baby (and One More, for the Road)”


The Classic Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer Torch Song, “Blues in the Night”


The Classic Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler Torch Song, “Stormy Weather”


Medley of Arlen & Gershwin’s “The Gal That Got Away,” and Rodgers & Hart’s “It Never Entered My Mind,” Performed in 1980 at Carnegie Hall



With wife number 2, Ava Gardner

Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke’s “Here’s that Rainy Day”


The 1962 Performance of Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields’ “The Way You Look Tonight”


The Definitive Interpretation of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Ol’ Man River” (1963)


The Greatest Song Ever Written? Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Soliloquy,” from Carousel


The Real “New York, New York,” by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, from On the Town (1944/1949)


The Swingingest Record You’ll Ever Hear! “Fly Me to the Moon,” with Count Basie and Quincy Jones


“Autumn in New York,” with the Billy May Orchestra


Rodgers & Hart’s “The Lady is a Tramp,” Live at Madison Square Garden/1974


Sinatra and a Bunch of Little Kids Sing the 1960 Academy Award Winner, “High Hopes”


Hear Sinatra Sing ANOTHER Oscar-Winning Song, “All the Way,” from The Joker’s Wild (1957)


Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn’s “Love and Marriage”


Cole Porter’s “I've Got You Under My Skin”


“Young at Heart”



The man and his children: Tina, left; Nancy, right; and Frank “Jr.,” after Nancy, Ava, and Mia (1968)

Rod McKuen’s “A Man Alone” (1969): How Great was Sinatra? So Great that with a Voice that was Way Past Its Prime, and Less than Stellar Material, He was Still the World’s Greatest Singer—that’s How Great He was!


With Nancy during the Paramount Theater days, circa 1940

Ruth Lowe’s “I'll Never Smile Again”: Hear the 24-Year-Old Frank Sinatra with the Pied Pipers and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940!


David Mann and Bob Hilliard’s “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” (1955)


Rodgers & Hart’s “I Didn't Know What Time It was”


Van Heusen & Cahn’s Swinging “Ring-a-Ding-Ding” (1961 Recording)


Rodgers & Hart’s “My Funny Valentine”


Ary Barroso and Bob Russell’s Brassy, Sassy, “Brazil”


Rodgers & Hart’s “I Could Write a Book,” from Pal Joey


Antonio De Vita & Hal Shaper’s “Softly”


Frank Loesser’s “Luck be a Lady,” with a Billy May Arrangement (1963)


Cahn & Styne’s “Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week,” with a Billy May Arrangement! (1959)


Van Heusen & Cahn’s Oscar-Winning, “Call Me Irresponsible”


Rod McKuen’s “Love’s been Good to Me” (1969)


“Baubles, Bangles, and Beads,” with Antonio Carlos Jobim


Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” (1962 Version)


I’ll have more Sinatra greatness from The Great American Songbook in Part II tomorrow!

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