Al Viola

Al Viola

Al Viola, one of the busiest studio musicians in LA, was Sinatra’s guitarist of choice. Al’s stories of collaborating in the studio and on the road with Francis Albert are, at once, intimate, enlightening and fun.

 Trust me. This is NOT the Songbook hour to miss.

Meet this kind, enthusiastic spirit of a musician, Al Viola, when we open Chapter Seven of The Sinatra Songbook, Saturday, March 23 at 6pm and Sunday, March 24 at 8am (those are eastern times) exclusively on Metromedia Radio.




When you collect the original albums, you’re collecting more than the performance of Sinatra the singer.  He was not credited on those many album covers as a programmer and a producer.  But, as such, Frank Sinatra was actively involved.  Said another way, you’re hearing songs he selected and in the story order he preferred.

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The collections and boxed sets we’ll suggest offer wonderful overviews of Sinatra’s work at various stages of his career.

The producers attached to each of these projects know their material well.  In each case, the accompanying text is deftly researched and presented.  We begin with this recommendation.


The Song is youTommy Dorsey – Frank Sinatra: The Song is You (1994) This five-CD box set contains every studio recording that Frank Sinatra made with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, plus a full disc of mostly unreleased radio broadcasts.

The years Sinatra spent with Dorsey (1940-1942) were significant.  As mentioned in earlier Chapters, throughout his career, Frank would credit trombonist Dorsey’s fashion of phrasing and breath control as the model for his singing style.  Even in these early years, Sinatra’s natural gift for interpretation is obvious.

Wonderful detail in the accompanying volume as well.

I believe this title is out of print.  But track it down.  It is an essential addition to a complete Sinatra library.


to be continued…

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