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Once upon a time there were singers and there were songwriters. Singers focused on all things related to singing – key, tune, pitch, timbre, volume, connecting emotionally, and performing – while songwriters crafted lyrics and melodies (sometimes only one of these) into something the singer and the audience could identify with. Frank Sinatra was “The Voice,” but it turns out he was more than capable at creating a few tunes of his own. Read More

Some songs are just meant to be classic pop singles and can be spotted a mile away by those with an ear for tunes that will resonate with the public, especially if it’s paired with the right voice. The 1967 cover version of “Somethin’ Stupid” turned out to be one of those songs after Frank Sinatra recognized its potential and brought it to the attention of his daughter Nancy’s producer. Read More

I hope you had a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Even though Frank Sinatra’s ethnic background is Italian, there’s a huge Irish connection that existed and influenced him throughout his legendary life. While I can’t be certain he ever downed green beer or even a green label Jack Daniel’s whiskey, he had a connection to the Emerald Isle from his birth to his death. Read More

It goes without saying that “firsts” are special – that first kiss, first date, first job all become treasured, often revered, memories. The same holds true for Frank Sinatra’s first number one hit, I’ll Never Smile Again. While it’s not likely the first song that pops into your head when you think of Sinatra hits, it’s a tune that means an awful lot to a lot of different people. Read More

We hear a lot about Millennials in current pop culture. They are the generation born in the years up to the 21st century, generally from the ‘80’s to the early 2000’s. We hear so much because they are the current Baby Boomers, that demographic that has enormous influence over culture and economics and one of the things they’ve embraced is vinyl records. Read More

Friday February 26th Jackie Gleason would have turned 100. He was an artist with many similarities to Sinatra; he excelled in movie, television and music, had a larger than life personality, and had an affinity for a certain drink. It may not be the yearlong celebration attributed to Frank Sinatra, but his was a life certainly worthy of praise and a toast or two with a bottle of Jack Daniels. Read More

When Frank Sinatra was topping the charts in the ‘40s and ‘50s it was common – normal actually – for parents and kids both to favor his music. Putting one of his LPs on the phonograph was appreciated by the entire family and could even be described today as a bonding experience. The Voice was the last pop artist to cross this generation gap. Read More

When it’s time to set a musical romantic mood, you can’t go wrong with Ol’ Blue Eyes. His music still crosses barriers insurmountable for most musicians, including generations – teens and parents both knew the value of a Frank Sinatra song when it came to setting the mood. What’s most amazing is that you’re still just as likely to find his vinyl on a dorm room turntable as in your grandma’s CD player today. Here are three of The Voice’s most romantic tunes for your Valentine’s Day listening pleasure. Read More

When you’re making a movie, you need to capture something that will draw an audience – have them lined up to see your film – or you’re not likely going to have the opportunity to make another. Some have tried to harness a “cool” factor in their productions because strong, smart characters with attitude and confidence project those qualities to the viewers: if you’re watching a cool, smart film, you’re cool and smart by association. Capturing “cool” is a lot more difficult to do than it sounds though. Many will attempt this via emulation and the Rat Pack is the obvious choice. Read More

The comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis was a formidable duo that is still admired today for their work. Martin was a decent club singer when he teamed up with the inexperienced Lewis to start their act in the mid ‘40s and they would develop into the top comedic show of their time. When the pair had their much-publicized falling out, many expected Martin’s career to tank. Boy, were they wrong. Read More