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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Today In Sinatra History

As noted on the Podcast many times over the years, SinatraFamily.com is the premiere site on the Web for all things Sinatra. You owe it to yourself to visit the site, and you might also enjoy participating in the Forum. There are a lot of wonderful people on the boards there.

From time to time, we'll be pointing to various features and content on the site. A very cool feature was noted on the Forum just this morning.

In addition to an online version of Nancy Sinatra's excellent book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend, there is now a "Today In History" section on the Guestbook Page. It draws from the timeline in the book, with links to the original entries.

Visit the official site today!


Blogger Sacred Cowboy said...

My father passed away recently and in a stack of his old 78's I found what appears to be a dub of a Sinatra performance of "The Meadows of Heaven" for WNBC in 1949.
The recording was made at Associated Recording Studios, 1625 Broadway in NYC . The label (hand-typed beneath the studio logo) says "10/11/49 7:00 PM WNBC "THE MEADOWS OF HEAVEN" Frank Sinatra".
Does anyone know how I can find out anything more about this record?

10:30 AM  
Blogger Noebie said...

howdy, cowboy

i posted an inquiry on the forums about this - will report back if i learn anything, or you can follow the thread yourself


10:57 AM  
Blogger Noebie said...

response on the forum from bob in boston

The song "The Meadows Of Heaven" (music by Joseph Meyer, lyrics by Joseph A. McCarthy) was performed by Sinatra on at least two of the 15-minute Light Up Time shows on NBC radio sponsored by Lucky Strike Cigarettes: November 7, 1949 (show #46) and December 15, 1949 (show #74). Details of these shows may be found at the Tobacco Documents Online site (see here) with some tedious searching.

The song was also inserted into a rebroadcast of the November 10, 1949, Light Up Time (show #49) by the AFRS. (It was typical for the AFRS to use songs from different shows in place of commercials on their recorded transcriptions.) The record your listener has would appear to be a dub of one of those radio performances, perhaps even the one used by the AFRS for building their program for rebroadcast.

The given date of "10/11/49" is quite close to those above, and in fact might actually be the same as the Nov. 10th date, if the European style date order was used. "Associated Recording Studios" might just be the printed address of the disc manufacturer on the label, rather than the site at which the recording was made.

12:38 PM  

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