Did you love Chapter Eight?  How ‘bout the mini-concert with Lady Ella?   Talk about lightening in a bottle!


To me, this moment from Frank’s 1967 television special, Sinatra: A Man and his Music + Ella + Jobim, is a seminal moment in the history of this music form.

Both artists are at the absolute top of their game.  And both are blessed to be supported by Nelson Riddle’s brilliant arranging.

This precious gem of a collaboration is the ultimate master class in style, stance and polish.  Truly, the best of the best.

Because of time constraints, we only ran a portion of it.  But the entire duet is available.


+EllaGrab the Shout Factory video, Sinatra: A Man and his Music + Ella + Jobim.   It’s all there.

And watch for one particular and precious close-up of FS.  His sense of marvel and wonder as he watches Ella scat is undeniable.  It tells us all we need to know about Frank’s respect for his partner in song.   It is, at once, delightful and endearing.

What a pair!




This product of the big band era understood that adding strings meant greater variety of mood. Even as a boy singer, “Frankie” lobbied for strings.  And, because of his immense popularity in that band, Frank’s boss, Tommy Dorsey, yielded.

The love affair with strings was life-long, as you shall hear when we open Chapter Nine of The Sinatra Songbook, Saturday April 13 at 6pm and Sunday, April 17 at 8am (those are eastern times) exclusively on Metromedia Radio.



So, let’s advance our survey with two collections.  Each adds significantly to a respectable Sinatra library.

FS Caq YearsFrank Sinatra: The Capitol Years. To an album, the Capitol catalog is so rich; I recommend collecting the original titles.

Still, this three CD compilation captures the magic of the period.

The chronological presentation and the companion volume are a worthy addition to your library.


If you are on a budget, consider…

Best of Cap YearsThe Best of the Capitol Years.  This twenty-song sampler offers highlights of the more comprehensive three CD release, The Capitol Years.  A strong “Best of…” introduction to Frank Sinatra’s most exciting decade of recording, the fifties.




…to be continued.


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