In 1969, the music business that Frank Sinatra knew was in the midst of a generational evolution. His next theme album was a reflection of that evolution.
Watertown plays like the movie or, more specifically, like the one-man television special it was intended to be. That project never materialized.
What survives is a theme album unlike any before or since. It is a demonstration of Frank’s musical search for continued relevance in this period of cultural change.
Sinatra fans often overlook Watertown. The promotion guys at Reprise all but ignored the project. Most unfortunate. Let’s change that.
This is a timeless story, told with sensitivity and intelligence. As it’s creators were a generation younger than Frank Sinatra, their perspective offered the singer a chance to deliver dramatic themes he understood so well to a younger market.
From the creative team of Bob Gaudio and Jake Holmes, Watertown, heard in its entirety when we open Chapter Fifteen of The Sinatra Songbook.
This album generates more mail than just about anything we play. Find out why, Saturday, May 25 at 6pm and Sunday, May 26 at 8am (both Eastern time) on Metromedia Radio.
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June is Nelson Riddle Month on Metromedia Radio.
The three-hour documentary features first person perspectives from Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Linda Ronstadt and, of course, Nelson Riddle.
First broadcast in 1985, the documentary has been out of circulation for nearly thirty years!
Our on-air promos have suggested that this special will get you closer to Riddle than you ever imagined. At this, producer Stephen Paley succeeded mightily.
Nelson Riddle: in his Own Words premieres Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM Eastern. Encore performances are scheduled across that month.
I’ll keep you posted.
to be continued…