Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
NEW BOOK: "Frank Sinatra: The Family Album"
A new book was released by Sinatra family archivist, Charles Pignone. It chronicles Ol' Blue Eyes' life via rare photographs and exclusive stories by close family and friends. It has received great reviews on Amazon.com and my copy is on the way. CLICK HERE or on the photo to order.
Released: November 1, 2007
Amazon.com price: $19.79
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Nancy DeGregoris, "Nan" (1921 - 2007)
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Frank on Larry King (CNN 1988)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Ol' Blue Eyes will get his own postage stamp next spring.
The stamp commemorating Frank Sinatra was announced Wednesday by Postmaster General John Potter, who called the crooner "an extraordinary entertainer whose life and work left an indelible impression on American culture."
"His recordings, concert performances and film work place him among America's top artists, and his legendary gift for transforming popular song into art is a rare feat that few have been able to replicate," Potter said.
The stamp image will be unveiled next Wednesday -- Sinatra's birthday -- at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
While the stamp will be for first-class mail, the rate has not been announced. Currently the letter rate is 41 cents but the postal governing board is thought likely to raise the price next year.
Under new rules a hike in the letter rate would be limited to the rate of inflation, probably to 42 cents if it does go up in the spring.
During his career Sinatra won an Oscar, several Grammy awards and was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983. President Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985.
He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1915 and died in 1998. The Hoboken Post Office was renamed in his honor in 2002.
Monday, December 3, 2007
U2's Window in the Skies
Bono had a special place in his heart for Frank Sinatra. In fact, after the U2 headman presented him with an an award at the 1994 Grammys, Frank said it was "probably the best introduction I've ever had." I don't recommend skipping forward on this video because it contains a meticulously pieced together compilation of clips from many amazing artists made to look like they are singing along with Bono....but Ol' Blue Eyes closes out the song at 4:06. It's a great song and another example of how Frank will never die.
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Sinatra: Vegas CD Box Set
If you love Frank live, you need to have this collection. The sound quality is fantastic and the Sands concerts are Frank in his prime. Here's what you get:
4 CDs & 1 DVD box set of unforgettable live performances, all previously unreleased!!
- Disc 1 - Sands, Las Vegas, NV November 1961
- Disc 2 - Sands, Las Vegas, NV January-February 1966
- Disc 3 - Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV March 1982
- Disc 4 - Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, NV April 1987
- DVD - Recorded at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV May 1978
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The Swinger and the Strip
Warner Music Group and Frank Sinatra Family Partner on Historic Joint Venture
Singing legend FRANK SINATRA is making a comeback nine years after his death his family have signed a deal with Warner Bros. to give his music a new lease of life.
Warner has set up a 'global partnership' with the Sinatra estate to manage all of his music, films and stage work, and handle all licensing of his name and likeness.
Their partnership - called Frank Sinatra Enterprises - was brokered by the superstar's three children Nancy, Tina and Frank Sinatra Jr.
A statement released by the Sinatras reads, "We were extremely selective in choosing a partner with whom to manage our father's life work. It was a process that took several years." Warners hopes it can emulate the success Elvis Presley has achieved since his death, through re-releases. The King's estate recently announced profits of $49 million in the last year (06-07).
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The Spirit of Sinatra (the first post from 2000)
When I was about 12 years-old I first heard "The Voice" on my older sister's Reprise Collection CD. I was hooked from the first note and to this day I can listen to the entire album all the way through. My collection has eclipsed 100 CDs, over 20 records, numerous collectibles, and now a webpage.
When Frank passed away in May of 1998 it was one week before I was to attend a Sons of Italy scholarship ceremony (of which my brother was a recipient) which included a special tribute to Frank. His wife Barbara was scheduled to attend but Frank's death obviously made that impossible. That night proved to me that Frank will never die.
Since his passing, I've formulated a theory based on how Frank Sinatra lives on post mortem. If you make yourself aware of it, there is a Frank reference in everyone's life daily. Whether it be the tune of "I've Got You Under My Skin" in a shampoo commercial or a direct mention of Ol' Blue Eyes, there are constant reminders of his life every day. It's an eerie and amazing tribute to the influence Frank Sinatra had on American society.
His personality, swagger, and voice will survive, there is no doubt about that. The younger generations will adopt him as their own and will be as amazed as I was by his legendary life and music.
Incidentally, Frank's favorite color was orange and he was known for his blue eyes so those are the colors you will see the most on this site. So toss on a Frank album, there's always one available, and please enjoy this small tribute to a great entertainer and a great man.
Without further ado...I give you FRANK SINATRA!!!