The time has come.  We’re filing Chapter Eleven!


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Much better.  This Chapter Eleven’s a good thing.  We’re filing Chapter Eleven of the Songbook!

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Here he is, Emil Richards.  From Nat Cole to George Harrison to Jerry Goldsmith, Emil knew and played with them all.


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Frank and Emil, Tokyo, 1962.    emilrichards.com

In-studio and on the road, Emil was Frank’s vibraphonist of choice.

In 2010, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion of Frank’s Reprise years, part of a four-day celebration of Sinatra, staged in Los Angeles.


In this candid moment from our seminar, you see, screen-center and tucked behind the mike, the great Johnny Mandel.  On your left is Emil, sharing stories from his years of performance with Sinatra.


Corrected Emil 1You’ll hear more from Emil when we open Chapter Eleven of  The Sinatra Songbook.

Join us, Saturday April 27 at 6pm and Sunday, April 28 at 8am (Eastern time) on Metromedia Radio.




Which albums contribute to a great Sinatra collection?  Here’s the next boxed set on my list.

Frank Sinatra in Hollywood  1940-1964 (2002)

FS HOLLYWOODThis six-CD set contains Frank’s greatest musical performances from the movies.  These are the original film versions, not the record label counterparts.  From the vinyl era forward, most of these tracks have never been released.

Brilliant recordings of standards like Night And Day, Lady is a Tramp, One For My Baby (And One More For The Road), and I Could Write a Book make their CD debut in this collection.  You’ll particularly enjoy Frank’s collaborations with Ella and with Louis “Satchmo” Armstong for the never completed, animated version of Finian’s Rainbow.

Frank Sinatra in Hollywood is packaged with a 120-page hardcover book containing notes from Leonard Maltin, Michael Feinstein, and recognized Sinatra historians such as Charles Granata, along with behind-the-scenes photos and movie memorabilia.  Some rare gems here that Sinatra collectors have been seeking for a long time.



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to be continued…

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