According to jazz promoter, author and Sinatra historian, Peter Levinson, Frank’s relationship with Ava Gardner had come to an end.
With arranger-conductor, Axel Stordahl at his side, Levinson reveals that Frank recorded Fool… in one take. Then, out the door. Not another word spoken.
Peter shares this story and more when we open Chapter Fourteen of The Sinatra Songbook, Saturday, November 3rd at 6pm and Sunday, November 4th at 8am (those are Eastern Times) on Metromedia Radio.
He left us in 2008. I miss him so.
Enjoy the visit. Then share your impressions with me, please.
BUILDING YOUR COLLECTION
We continue our survey of albums that build a great Sinatra collection.
Come Fly with Me (1958) The first Sinatra album in stereo. Also, the
FS takes us around the world with selections representing a variety of international ports of call.
More than exceptionally competent as an arranger and conductor, Billy May brings a wonderful sense of humor to charts such as Road to Mandalay. On the lush, romantic side, May’s arrangements for Autumn in New York and Moonlight in Vermont are sublime.
Sinatra, in tremendous voice, is clearly loving this date.
According to Sammy Cahn, Frank was so pleased with his ability to hold on to
the word “reprise” in his reading of April in Paris, included in this album, it would live-on as the name of his future record company.
BTW, coming soon, a two-hour sit-down with Mr. May. This, quite likely, was the last interview of his life. An absolute delight, you will love spending time with Billy May.
…to be continued.