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This is your source for news, links and notes from our program celebrating the life and career of the Entertainer of the 20th Century.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Show #79: Boxed Set, Covers and Madonna Dei Martiri

This time around, it's news about a new Podcast, a new Sinatra boxed set (for real this time), some cover tunes from across the pond, and a reminder about the Hoboken Italian Festival.

Direct Link to MP3 File

Our opening theme music is Here's That Swing Thing from Pat Longo's Big Band.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

New Show!

I was listening recently to some old Martin and Lewis radio shows, and was enjoying them so much, that I decided to share them. Although I've included some bits from their shows here in the past, I really feel that this material deserves it's own feed.

Here's the first episode.

Here's the Showsite.

Here's the RSS feed.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Way It Ought To Be

Here's a very nice reflection on The House I Live In - one of Sinatra's most powerful and poignant records from the 1940s.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Show #78: Sinatra, Burns and Allen

From November 7th, 1946, here's another old time radio episode featuring Frank Sinatra, this time as a guest on the Burns and Allen Show.

Playing Favorites on Sirius 75
The Essential Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Rest In Peace, Lee Hazelwood
WNYC Interview
Burns and Allen

Monday, August 06, 2007

Show #77: Cole Porter's Can-Can

Here's the show for direct download.


Cole Porter's Can-Can (2007 DVD Release)

IMDB Listing (1960 Film)

Sinatra Album Covers

Friday, August 03, 2007

Album Covers Site

John Brown (who designed the album art for this show) has set up a Website with high-quality (72 dpi, 500 x 500) jpeg files of several dozen Frank Sinatra album covers for use on portable media players. Use of the material is free of charge and contributions to the collection are encouraged.

According to the Website, "With the advent of iTunes, iPods and other mp3 players, electronic album art is more and more necessary. Unfortunately, sources for this art usually only offer crudely scanned, low resolution facsimiles of what used to be glorious pallets of art and photography."

I think this is a wonderful service to those of us who love Frank Sinatra and like to carry his music with us. I have to admit though, a quick glance at the Website made me want to order an iPhone!

Here's the Website.


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Show #76: Rocky Fortune and the Pint Size Payroll Bandit

From October 27, 1953 here's another episode of Frank Sinatra's Radio Drama, Rocky Fortune.