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And thank you, Mr. Viola, for the visit, for sharing memories of your Sinatra experience and especially for your music. You left your mark, Sir.


Mello_asCheck out Al’s album Mello’ as a Cello.  Wonderful solos.  To learn more, visit this Amazon link –








Next, another hour Chock full o’Music.  It’s a program that celebrates the style, stance and swagger that went into every Sinatra recording.

FS_ELLAAnd get ready for a mini-concert featuring Francis Albert and Lady Ella that will knock your socks off!  This alone is worth the price of admission.

Join us when we present, Style.  It’s Chapter Eight of THE SINATRA SONGBOOK, Saturday, November 9 at 6pm and Sunday, November 10 at 8am (those are Eastern times) exclusively on Metromedia Radio, metromediaradio.net.

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Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.47.38 AMSINATRA SINGS FOR ONLY THE LONELY (1958) At the desperate end of the emotional scale, Sinatra and Riddle offer a collection of soul-searching explorations, wrapped around the theme of love lost.

Standouts include the title track, Only the Lonely, Angel Eyes, What’s New, One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), and Mr. Viola’s choice as shared last week, Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry.

Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle each considered this album their greatest collaboration and personal achievement.  It’s an amazing journey.  An absolute masterpiece.  By the way, that now classic, clown-faced caricature earned Only the Lonely a 1959 Grammy for Best Cover.

This album, along with Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, are probably my two favorite Sinatra albums.


to be continued…

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