Frank: A Musical Journey

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01/18/2018
Frank Sinatra has been an influence on a lot; I’ve written about the many musicians that refer to  him as an idol and how he, as the ultimate American pop icon, has affected society as a whole.  Realizing the many facets of the man, this isn’t surprising.  Ol’ Blue Eyes “showcased peace, love, grace, positivity, honor, and valor.”  That last line is actually a quotation from another artist who Sinatra has influenced: a young rising star in the music industry, the rapper, Logic.   (...)
01/11/2018
This past Sunday was the 75th Golden Globe Awards. Sixty years ago it was 1958 and the Rat Pack was there in full style with wit and humor and rarely an empty glass. Frank Sinatra was nominated that year for Pal Joey as Best Male Lead in a comedy or musical and he was a winner, but I want to look at who else was in attendance and who won in a few of the other categories. (...)
12/21/2017
Frank Sinatra's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is on many top ten lists for Holiday songs. For Sinatra fans, his rendition is number one. Of course, he’s not the only singer to have recorded this Christmas staple and he wasn’t even the first. It’s a special song, full of meaning and emotion and The Voice’s version has a depth of smoothness to it that leaves you warm and toasty, with positive, merry feelings that enhance those already attributed to Christmas day. But maybe we should look at a few other recordings of this beautiful song (...)
12/14/2017
2017 is about to go out with a bang with my Las Vegas show, Drinkin’ - Singin’ - Swingin’ playing a five-night run at the Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada from December 27th through the 31st.  We’re going to bring out the “laugh” in Laughlin along with a whole lot of swinging tunes. (...)
12/07/2017
It’s early December and I have a busy show schedule for the month, which is the perfect time to break out a few Holiday numbers for the setlist to give the audience that warm glow that goes hand-in-hand with these long-time favorites.  It’s the crooners like Ol’ Blue Eyes, Dean Martin, and Bing Crosby that I think of when the subject of Christmas tunes come up.  What do you think the top selling Christmas albums have been over the years?   (...)
12/01/2017
I’m heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico and I couldn’t be happier.  December 9th will see Sinatra Forever at the Route 66 Casino to sing some Sinatra staples and a few Christmas songs too.  Albuquerque is a pretty cool place, so I know the big band sound will be right at home.   (...)
11/23/2017
With Halloween over, I have the arduous task of eating the remaining treats.  I know I shouldn’t, but who can resist little personally wrapped gifts of goodness sitting in a bowl or box?  Something I’ve noticed with most people is that they’ll buy the candy they like to give the kids at Halloween, so don’t tell me they’re not planning for leftovers!  Everyone has a favorite; do you know what candy Ol’ Blue Eyes liked? (...)
11/16/2017
As we probably remember from the year-long party that took place just a couple years ago to celebrate 100 years, Frank Sinatra was born in 1915.  Did you ever wonder what life was like in the United States back then?  Let me tell you!   (...)
11/10/2017
Quite often names don’t really have a lot of meaning, but there are times when they can tell a story.  A long-time custom in show business has been to change your name to something deemed better suited for the public.  Maybe the name is difficult to pronounce or is too similar to another famous person.  Perhaps you’d just like something that sounds a little less boring.  Of the five core members of the Rat Pack that would go on to become household names, three were born with a less familiar moniker.  Do you know why? (...)