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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra transformed popular music. Often cited as the single finest interpreter of American standards, he influenced generations of vocalists such as Nat King Cole and Carmen McRae by focusing on phrasing and matching narrative nuance and emotional naturalism with amazing breathing control. In the 1930s, Sinatra starting bringing back "old" songs by such masters as Cole Porter while he was still a Big Band singer. He became a national institution in the '40s, and even though Ray Charles has praised the flawless technique of this Columbia period, Sinatra kept evolving. Starting in the '50s he concentrated on groundbreaking concept albums and a fresh Big Band sound with master arranger Nelson Riddle. Sinatra explored every nuance of emotion on these Capitol and Reprise albums and influenced the work of Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. Beginning in the '70s, when rock ruled, his voice and output became erratic but some brilliant work remains. Though Sinatra always viewed himself as a popular singer, jazz musicians hold his work in the highest esteem. Miles Davis and Lester Young often interpreted standards through his versions and avant-gardist John Zorn has said that in his own w... See More

Frank Sinatra Concert Films

  • A Man and His Music Part I

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1965

    Runtime: 51 min

    First broadcast by NBC on November 24, 1965, Frank Sinatra: A Man And His Music was Sinatra’s first annual one-hour television special. Broadcast at a time when television was in the process of switching to full time color programming, it is clear that television history was being made. Singing directly to the camera, Frank Sinatra makes the viewer feel as if he is telling his story directly to them.
     
     
  • A Man and His Music Part II

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1966

    Runtime: 51 min

    A Man and His Music – Part II was a 1966 television special starring Frank Sinatra, accompanied by the orchestras of Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins, and also featuring Nancy Sinatra. The second annual TV special thrills from start to finish, with unforgettable performances of signature songs "Fly Me To The Moon," "Luck Be A Lady" and "That's Life." Frank is joined by daughter Nancy in a playful duet in this delightful hour of music.
     
     
  • A Man and His Music: Part III

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1965

    Runtime: 52 min

    For his 1960s television special, Frank Sinatra organized the show around the loose theme of "rhythm," and chose for his exploration two artists of impeccable credentials: the scat stylings and jazz-influenced delivery of Ella Fitzgerald and the quiet Latin groove of Brazilian bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim. The program combines beautiful ballads ("Ol' Man River," "Put Your Dreams Away") with brassy up-tempo tunes ("Day In, Day Out," "Get Me to the Church on Time"), though one medley includes some forgivable but hardly memorable attempts at contemporary pop, mixing snatches of "How High the Moon" with "Up, Up and Away," "Don't Cry Joe" with "Ode to Billy Joe." The show slows for a relaxed medley with Jobim, who accompanies a lounging, cigarette-smoking Sinatra with guitar and whispering backing vocals while the Voice drops his volume to an intimate conversational tone for "Change Partners," "I Concentrate on You," and Jobim's own "The Girl from Ipanema." Ella duets with Sinatra on two medleys (contributing a fabulous scat rendition of "Stomping at the Savoy"), solos on "Body and Soul," "It's All Right with Me" and "Don't Be That Way," and finally the two burn up the program with one final duet, a high octane, show-stopping performance of "The Lady Is a Tramp," with Nelson Riddle's orchestra driving the brass to keep up.
     
     
  • At The Royal Festival

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1970

    Runtime: 51 min

    ‘At The Royal Festival Hall’ was filmed at London’s famous venue on November 16, 1970.The concert was introduced by HSH Princess Grace of Monaco, the former Grace Kelly, who had co-starred with Sinatra in the film “High Society”. The setlist includes a superb rendition of George Harrison’s classic love song “Something” alongside classic songs such as “Pennies From Heaven,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Kind Of Town” and “My Way.”
     
     
  • Concert For the Americas

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

    The Concert For The Americas was a music festival held in the Dominican Republic at the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater, a 5,000-seat, open-air Greek-style venue. This spectacular 1982 concert proves that even at age 66, Francis Albert Sinatra was still the undisputed Chairman Of The Board. This 90-minute epic performance features the legendary Buddy Rich on drums and a special guest appearance by guitarist Tony Mottola with a memorable rendition of Send In The Clowns.
     
     
  • Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1968

    Runtime: 52 min

    Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing opens with no introduction, just Sinatra and his microphone. He is joined by the stunning Diahann Carroll and together they sing a spiritual medley of Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen and Amen. Sinatra joins in with another guest - The Fifth Dimension, but this time he ditches the suit for a Nehru Jacket and sings a very groovy version of Sweet Blindness.
     
     
  • Legends in Concert

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1939

    Runtime: 46 min

    This film presents a 45 minute selection of Frank Sinatra's finest songs, written by some of the world's most influential songwriters, including such hits as 'High Hopes' and 'Old Man River' all drawn from television appearances spanning his heyday period from the 40s to the 50s.
     
     
  • Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 51 min

    Sinatra returned from his brief retirement with the appropriately titled Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back. Released amidst a whirlwind of publicity, the album was a commercial success, earning gold status and peaking just outside the top-ten on the UK and Billboard album charts.
    The album was accompanied by a television special, Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra, which reunited Sinatra with Gene Kelly.
     
     
  • Sinatra and Friends

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 50 min

    Sinatra And Friends opens with Where And When featuring Natalie Cole, John Denver, Tony Bennett, Loretta Lynn, Leslie Uggams and Robert Merrill. Sinatra performs duets of standards in different styles such as folk and disco in addition to each singer performing solo. It is all music and no talking, exactly the way Sinatra wanted it.
     
     
  • Sinatra Featuring Don Costa and His Orchestra

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 52 min

    Sinatra: Featuring Don Costa & His Orchestra is truly a one man show. Sinatra belts out For Once In My Lifeand it is perfection. Being the last of his five specials, his wit and banter is as engaging as ever. He narrates us through his movie clips with the timing of a stand-up comedian. The up tempo closing of the show makes it complete with My Kind Of Town.
     
     
  • The Main Event

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1974

    Runtime: 53 min

    Charged with the electricity of a heavyweight prizefight, The Main Event was filmed live at Madison Square Garden, a venue usually reserved for sporting events and rock 'n' roll concerts. Sinatra dazzles the crowd with contemporary numbers such as "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and "Let Me Try Again" and delivers the knockout blow with signature tunes "My Kind Of Town" and "My Way."
     
     

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