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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Show #47: Rest Easy, Sweet Prince

This week we commemorate an extraordinary life on the eighth anniversary of his passing.

FT-047-2006-05-12.mp3

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(Podcast of May 12th, 2006 - Sirius Broadcast of May 17th)

Please forgive my poor attempt to express my thoughts on this occasion. I hope that at least it will prompt you to spend some time with Frank Sinatra's music and movies over the coming days, and to reflect on his art and his life.

Here's last year's 3:43.

Here's the Wall Street Journal Article on Wee Small Hours mentioned in the show. Some of their sources suck, but an interesting perspective none the less and it reminded me of how much I love that album.

Songs
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3 Comments:

Blogger David Lifton said...

Great tribute, Brian. One thing that's often overlooked about Sinatra is how he elevated the art of the singer, not just through his talent, but his participation in the studio. Before him, singers came in, did their sessions, and that was it. The producer was in charge of everything. He picked the songs, the arrangements, the musicians, etc.

But Sinatra worked with the arrangers to get the sound that he heard in his head, which was unthinkable for the time. He was a notorious perfectionist and demanded the same from the musicians. No singer had ever acted like that in the studio before.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Noebie said...

@david: an excellent point...the friedwald and granata books both document it extensively

i remember when i first realized that he was in charge like that -- hearing a clip from "sinatra in hollywood" where he and dino and sammy were doing a short bit for "robin and the seven hoods" -- it was amazing the flow between sinatra and nelson riddle...sinatra saying things like "a little brighter on the upbeat this time"

sinatra was also a first rate conductor

8:16 PM  
Blogger David Lifton said...

Somewhere buried in one of my bookshelves is a great book called Temples Of Sound: Inside The Great Recording Studios, and there's a chapter on the Capitol Studio with some great stories about Frank in the studio. I'll dig it up and scan it for you.

12:10 AM  

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