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I caught the 1944 film, “Bathing Beauty” on TCM last week - that Red Skelton is such a funny guy - and while Red was on stage singing a duet with the Esther Williams, he sang, “You heard that Sinatra fellow,” to which Williams replied, “I swoon when he gets mellow,” and I realized there are quite a few tunes out there that reference “Ol’ Blue Eyes” in the lyrics. Can you think of any off the top of your head? Read More

The tale of Robin Hood is a true classic, a highly skilled, flamboyant underdog robbing from the rich to give to the poor - the ultimate symbol of a savior from corruption and injustice - but, let’s face it, prancing around an English forest in tights wouldn’t exactly compliment Rat Pack cool, so the story was changed a little to better suit the actors and attract the maximum number of fans. Robin and the 7 Hoods is a fun, light film meant to give Rat Pack fans what they want: Frank, Dean, and Sammy entertaining them for a spell. Read More

It may be cold and gloomy weather in January, but that can be the perfect time to warm up with some lovely music. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin enjoyed their share of success during this wintery month, in fact, some may argue that it’s the best time to sell a romantic song, giving lovers an excuse to cuddle up by a fire. Who am I to argue with that logic? Read More

As the holidays approach, you can count on hearing lots of Christmas music and it’s the same today as it was sixty years ago. The Rat Pack had a lot of common talents with perhaps the most obvious being their singing abilities, so it’s only natural that they would put out Christmas albums. Let’s have a look at their greatest holiday hits. Read More

Both Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin have been known to sing, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” and I’m sure a few reading this will be saying the same thing next week, but I’ve found a simple remedy - make sure you’re in Cancun on the first day of winter! I’ll be performing Sinatra Forever in a private event at the famous Moon Palace Resort in The Glistening City on December 20th and 21st. Read More

Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday year will be officially over when December 12th rolls around and what a year it was. It seemed the whole world celebrated at some point and I had a lot of fun participating. Ol’ Blue Eyes had another big year though, one that was very important for him not only as a milestone, but for his career - and he made the very most of when he turned fifty. Read More

“For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business.” That’s pretty high praise coming from anyone, but when the speaker is Frank Sinatra, people pay attention. Bennett turned 90 years old in August. That’s not a typo, he turned 90, yet he’s going at a pace that would give many artists a breakdown (you listening, Kanye?). Let’s honor the man that The Voice held in such high regard and look at what he’s doing this coming month. Read More

When you are The Voice, it stands to reason that other singers will want to partner up to create something magical. Through albums, concerts, television programs, and movies Frank Sinatra has sung more than his share of duets and, naturally, there were a few he really loved to work with. Here’s a look at three of his favorite singing partners. Read More

2016 continues to claim many of the legends we love with the death of Leonard Cohen just over a week ago. The Montreal-born Canadian singer/songwriter was smart, poetic, and seemingly tireless, but now all we can do is reflect on what he left us as he best known for the song “Hallelujah”.. There are even similarities with the biggest American entertainment legend of them all, Frank Sinatra. Read More

As I get ready for my performance of Sinatra Forever at the Peoples Bank Theater in Marietta, Ohio November 12th, the cooler temperatures with their murmurings of the approaching winter have started me thinking about the holidays that lead up to those shorter days and, of course, November 24th came immediately to mind. So, in that frame of mind, I thought it would be nice to put down my favorite three Frank Sinatra Thanksgiving songs. Read More