Hope this finds you well.  My thanks to the legendary Emil Richards for two, oh-so satisfying Songbook chapters.  A great guy and a phenomenal musician.  What did you learn?

Do yourself a favor.  Add Emil’s music to your library.  Calamari: Live Jazz at Rocco’s is a personal favorite.  Listen to I Love You.  Tasty.  Find this and other great titles at emilrichards.com or at Amazon.



Frank’s prowess as an actor inspired interpretations that simply went deeper than the best efforts of his peers.

I have selected titles that eloquently make the point.   The sharing begins when we open Chapter Twelve of The Sinatra Songbook, Saturday, October 20 at 6pm and Sunday, October 21at 8m (Eastern time) on Metromedia Radio.



Which albums contribute to a great Sinatra record (CD, iTunes or whatever) collection?  Here’s the next one on my list.

Close to You (1957)  So, Sinatra and Nelson Riddle create a cultural sensation with Songs for Swingin’ Lovers in 1956.  The pair probably surprised everyone when, instead of following up with more of the chart-topping same, they change mood entirely.

Instead of a big swingin’ band, Riddle assembles The Hollywood String Quartet for a collection of sweet and poignant expressions.  The attitude is chamber music and Frank vocally assumes a chair in the ensemble.  Here you have an opportunity to appreciate the beauty and dexterity of Frank’s voice.

To many, Close to You is Sinatra at his vocal best.  I’ll take it a step further.  The album was the right project for its time, with Sinatra at the absolute peak of his vocal power

P.S. I Love You, Everything Happens to Me and Close to You (not The Carpenters song but the Johnny Mercer/Gordon Jenkins composition) are among the standouts.  I never tire of this one.  Never ever!



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…to be continued.