Friday, November 14, 2008

Turning In His Grave....

It's been three months since my last post and that's because it's taken that long for the bad taste in my mouth to fade. The source of my displeasure was the TV commercial featuring Diddy (aka: Puff Daddy, real name: Sean Combs) having a sophisticated party at what turns out to be one of Frank's previous homes in California while "Come Fly With Me" plays in the background. Chances are you've seen the commercial.

My problem is not with Diddy or the message he's trying to convey by having a classy party and drinking his new brand of Vodka. My problem is with the stretch Sinatra's representatives are making by linking his music to Diddy. They've sold out hardcore because if Frank Sinatra wasn't a fan of Elvis' music I HIGHLY doubt he would have been able find anything notable about Diddy's. If you're going to maintain a legacy in line with a person's character and taste it is crucial that everything you choose to promote would have been endorsed by that individual. I can't think of a worse choice.

At 29 years old I can appreciate some of Diddy's music....but the commercial just doesn't make sense in that Frank never had any connection to the rap community. I'm left disappointed yet again in the direction the people in charge of Sinatra's "brand" have chosen to go with Frank's legacy. Frank's music will live on with me but there's already a younger generation that doesn't know who he was or what he represented....except that fact that he would have really loved Diddy's vodka!


Blogger Chopin Girl said...

Hi there! I understand what you're saying, but as a fan of both Sinatra and Diddy to certain degrees, I have to say that it helps maintain someone's legacy by exposing an audience to a different genre of music to Sinatra's by infusing it in the commercial. There are going to be some curious folks and some may even start to like Sinatra music instead of full-scale rejecting the music. That's how I looked a it.

March 2, 2009 8:15 AM  
Blogger for the love of frank said...

would frank have loved diddy's vodka? he was a tennessee whiskey drinker! nothin' but jack, mac!

March 10, 2009 11:25 AM  
Blogger Dr Grace J Andrus said...

Walt (Grace's husband) said... There are good and bad points to what's being said. F.S. DID in fact drink Vodka Martini's at times. He had Stoli flown in from the USSR before it was available in the U.S.

The Sinatra Compound in Palm Springs is no longer owned by the Sinatra Estate. It can be rented for parties, etc. The Frank Sinatra NAME is trademarked. His name is not mentioned in the Diddy commercial. Permission to use his recording would come from Capitol Records and the publishers of the song. Sinatra did NOT own those masters or write the song.

I agree that exposing the music to a different generation can only be good. Just as the 2 "Duets" albums did. Though Frank didn't know he was doing DUETS and NONE of the artists were in the studio with him. Those 2 CD's sold very well. Frankly, I can't stand them. At least they didn't use a Look-A- Like, Sound-A-Like or Michael Buble' for the commercial! Everybody was dressed up nice and were well behaved! I just wish Sean would learn to pronounce Vodka. It sounds like he's saying "VOCKA"!

The Sinatra Estate is all about the $$$. Lest we not forget the other products his Estate DID endorse:
Frank Sinatra Tomato Sauces (mediocre). Frank Sinatra Wine and Champagne(Horrible Korbel Sparkling Rose'), Frank Sinatra Neckties (WAY overpriced), Michelob Beer commercial, Chivas Regal tour, 1981 Frank Sinatra Edition Chrysler Imperial (a favor for Lee Iacocca), Carlton Cards Sinatra singing XMAS ornaments, Zippo Lighters, etc.

September 23, 2009 3:52 PM  
Blogger Maria Jensen said...

I agree with you!


November 14, 2009 6:22 PM  
Blogger kyle_ward92 said...

i understand u fully what your sayin but i like frank and diddy and i believe it was more of a respect thing diddy didnt mean nothin bad about it

March 24, 2010 1:52 AM  
Blogger issovia said...

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April 19, 2010 8:43 AM  

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