Happy Holiday! 

Hope you enjoyed our Chapter Eighteen visit with the legendary Billy May.  We covered a lot of ground, but not all of it.

Next week, Billy speaks in great detail about his contribution to the classic Sinatra-Ellington project, the Trilogy album and more.

Join us for Chapter Nineteen of The Sinatra Songbook, part two of our visit with this significant contributor to the Sinatra legacy, Billy May, Saturday December 8 at 6pm EST and Sunday, December 9 at 8am EST, exclusively on Metromedia Radio.

Then, click on CONTACT at the upper-right and share your impressions.



For many weeks, I’ve been recommending album titles that contribute to a great Sinatra music library.  There are more to come.

There are wonderful books too!  As the gift-giving season is upon us, you should be aware of a forthcoming volume.

 Sid Avery: The Art of the Hollywood Snapshot is published by www.reelartpress.com

Sid Avery is responsible for some of the most iconic celebrity images of the last century, including Sinatra and the Rat Pack.

© Sid Avery / mptvimages.com

Remember the famous, 1960 Ocean’s Eleven pool table publicity photo?

Sid would conclude his career by shooting the companion photo, featuring the cast of the 2001 remake.


How ’bout the Nice ‘n Easy” album cover?  Or the covers for Songs for Young Lovers and Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session, among others?

Sid Avery’s photography. 

For fun, go to mptvimages.com and search Avery, Sinatra.  Your eyes will pop out. 

The Avery contribution to our life-long, visual impression of Frank Sinatra is overwhelming.


© Sid Avery / mptvimages.com

This about-to-be-released volume is the work of Sid’s son, Ron Avery and collaborator Tony Nourmand.  The portraits are accompanied by Sid’s personal recollections.

Many of the images presented have never been seen.  Reel Arts Press, the publisher, claims the reproductions are “the finest quality yet seen in print.”

Are you in the LA area?  On Saturday, December 15, Ron will autograph copies of this volume at Arcana: Books of the Arts, located at 8675 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, from 4 to 6pm.


to be continued…