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In the early fifties, Frank Sinatra was out of work.  No record contract, no movie deal and a smattering of TV appearances that he would likely deem forgettable.  Industry-wide, he was washed-up.

But in 1953, Capitol Record’s Alan Livingston disagreed.


Allan Livingston

Alan Livingston

Believing the talent was still there, Livingston signed Frank to the label, launching the singer on his most prolific era of recording, the Capitol fifties.

Hear Alan Livingston’s intimate account when we open Chapter Five of The Sinatra Songbook, Saturday, October 5 at 6pm and Sunday, October 6 at 8am (Eastern) on Metromedia Radio, metromediaradio.net.

Listen Live Link – http://tunein.com/radio/Metromedia-Radio-s203898/




What do you get when you blend extraordinary talent, a gracious spirit, and a bright sense of humor?  You get Julie Budd.  And we’ve got her!

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Julie Budd

As a child star, Miss Budd was mentored by a singer named Sinatra.  Julie’s recollections of that period and her perspectives on the Sinatra body of work are all part of our Songbook visit.  Great conversation.  Great music.  Part One airs October 12 and 13 on Metromedia Radio.

Visit Julie’s Facebook page  http://facebook.com/julie.budd3




What albums make for a great starter set?  I get this question a lot.  In the weeks to come, I’ll be reprising my favorites, beginning with album titles that represent the best of the best.


Young Lovers / Swing Easy

Swing Easy / Song for Young Lovers

SONGS FOR YOUNG LOVERS/SWING EASY (1954)  Sinatra at the beginning of his epic era of swingin’ recordings. More than a glimpse of what’s to come, these sides reveal a confident, thirty-something artist, long on enthusiasm and confidence.

This combo pairs two of Frank’s early projects for the Capitol Records label. Both Swing Easy and Songs for Young Lovers were ten-inch albums. Each featured eight songs. All sixteen tracks are in place and are equally strong.

These first album projects with Nelson Riddle feature a small jazz group and a light, breezy attitude.  As Sinatra and Riddle were rewriting the book on how this material should be treated, their peers and competing record labels were taking notes.



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to be continued…

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