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I love sharing the SONGBOOK mic with Sinatra friends, collaborators and learned observers.  Such is the case this week.

Barnes & FredOur guest is record producer and author, Ken Barnes.  As a producer, Ken has collaborated with Johnny Mercer, Bing Crosby and the young hopeful pictured above.

Barnes BookBarnes is the author of Sinatra and the Great Song Stylists.   This recommended read was published in 1972.

In the States at that time, Ken visited with the twenty year-old version of yours truly pictured here, to talk about Frank’s recordings and to play selections he considered significant. Barnes & Me

Join me and guest, Ken Barnes, when we open Chapter Four of THE SINATRA SONGBOOK, Saturday, March 2 at 6pm and Sunday, March 3 at 8am, both Eastern time, on Metromedia Radio – metromediaradio.net.



One of the great next generation interpreters of the American Popular Songbook is Calabria Foti.  Calabria’s new CD, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, will be released this summer.  But out now and available for download is her duet with Family Guy creator, Oscar host and singer, Seth MacFarlene.

CALABRIA & SETH Calabria and Seth’s treatment of Let’s Fall in Love is a delight.  Find it at iTunes and other digital download locations.



What albums belong in a definitive Sinatra collection?  Each week we highlight another deserving title.  This week’s entry is…

Sinatra-SeptemberSeptember of My Years (1965)  Joined by arranger-conductor, Gordon Jenkins, Sinatra reflects on life from the halfway mark.  The arrangements are nothing short of stirring.

Sinatra told Jenkins that neither one of them could have done this record any real justice had they undertaken it prior to achieving mid-life status themselves.  Worthy of mention, This Is All I Ask, Last Night When We Were Young and the classic, It Was A Very Good Year.

This Grammy-winning  project was a favorite of both artists.

to be continued…

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