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Think tastes in music evolved between the forties and the fifties?  Consider the evolution of Frank Sinatra during the same period.  What a contrast!

 

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Sinatra with Axel Stordahl             Nelson Riddle collaborating with Frank

From the lush and brilliant collaborations with arranger-conductor Axel Stordahl to the vibrant, heart-pumping inventions of arranger-conductor and music scene game-changer, Nelson Riddle, there emerges a stunningly confident and optimistic middle-aged singer.

The constant is the selection of material.  It would come from the pens of the greatest contributors to the American Popular Songbook.  Sinatra respected and trusted the integrity found in this body of work.  Of interest is how he would approach these classic works, given his relative age and maturity at different stages of his career.

Join us for Comparisons, Chapter Twenty-Five of THE SINATRA SONGBOOK, this Saturday, August 3 at 6pm EST and Sunday, August 4th at 8am EST on Metromedia Radio, (metromediaradio.net).

 

IN AUGUST

THE ROBERT DAVI HOURS

You should read Robert’s bio.  Too much to reprint here.  But let me share a few significant points.

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-Sinatra hand-picked Davi to play Mickey Sinardos in the 1977 NBC television drama “Contract on Cherry Street.”

-Robert has shared the screen with Brando, Eastwood, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Josh Brolin and Bruce Willis.

– Quincy Jones says, “He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of ‘Ol Blue Eyes himself.”

Robert will tell you that singing is his first love.  Davi Sings Sinatra, On the Road to Romance is his first album.

We’ll talk about Robert’s musical journey, the Italian influence on the American Popular Songbook (ever consider the number of Frank’s singing peers who happened to be Italian?), we will play Robert’s hand-picked Sinatra titles, and we’ll  share selections from Davi’s album.

Too much material for one hour, Part One airs on Saturday, August 10 at 6pm Eastern and Sunday, August 11 at 8am Eastern on Metromedia Radio (metromediaradio.net).

 

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