Monday, December 29, 2008

Michael Martocci...go see this guy!

I tried to promote Sinatra impersonators on my site a couple years ago but it just didn't pan out. They were never good enough to catch on and I felt like I was doing a disservice to both Frank's legacy and visitors to this site with the advertisements.

Michael Martocci, however, is a special talent. He's not an impersonator, but a gifted singer who performs Sinatra's catalog with a genuine stage presence and swagger reminiscent of Francis Albert.

Here's a clip from one of his shows at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. You be the judge...then go see him live.

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!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

McCain and Obama Agree!!

It turns out that Frank Sinatra's music blurs party lines. When Blender magazine asked the presidential candidates to divulge their top 10 favorite song lists, Sinatra appeared on both of them. McCain chose "I've Got You Under My Skin" and while Obama listed "You'd Be So Easy to Love." FULL STORY HERE

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Brazilian Boy - Lost and Found

One of my earliest memories as a child is when I was 4 years old and I got lost in a department store. I couldn't find my mom and I remember wandering around trying to focus through the tears in my eyes. It took a while but I eventually found her...I think she actually found me and I was probably never more than 20 feet away from her in the first place but I was too little to see past all the clothing racks.

So the moral of the story here? I couldn't find my own mother in a store but Frank Sinatra, Jr. managed to find a person he had only seen in a 28 year old photograph....in Brazil. Look at a map, that country is massive!

Frank, Jr. began the search because he wanted to invite Carlos Henrique Dos Santos to his concert in Rio. Frank, Sr. sponsored Carlos in the 80s through a charity and mailed him $19 a month. Eventually the two met and Frank, Sr. gave Carlos a bicycle after witnessing his dilapidated living conditions and the photo of Frank he had placed over his family's broken TV.

Frank, Jr. gave a Brazilian newspaper the photo taken of Carlos the day he and Frank, Sr. met 28 years ago. Carlos was located and invited to the concert. The generosity gene is apparently dominant among Sinatra males....well done Frank.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Young Blue Eyes?

Personally, I don't see the resemblance but this guy (right) managed to scam a number of gullible fools in Austin and Las Vegas for hundreds of thousands of dollars by convincing them he was Frank Sinatra's grandson.

He told them he was short on cash to pay hotel and other bills and that he could easily repay them later and arrange for them to meet members of the Sinatra family. (STORY HERE)

I honetly don't know who to blame on this one....the crook or the idiots who believed him. I'm surprised he didn't try to sell them some Rolex watches and stereo speakers out of his van while he was at it.

Come Swim With Me, Come Swim, Come Swim Away...


It's common knowledge that a Sinatra tune played at just the right moment can ease your mind, set the romantic mood, or cure an ailing British seal.
That's a fact according to the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary in the UK. CLICK HERE for the article.
I'm not sure if this counts as a miracle towards sainthood for Old Blue Eyes, but it can't hurt!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Not quite David Cook....

The most shocking part of this story isn't that an event called "Sinatra Idol" was held in Hoboken, but that it was the SECOND ANNUAL "Sinatra Idol." How is this thing not on Fox by now?! If they can broadcast a show called Celebrity Circus, I think they can find a time slot for some guys, talented or not so talented, crooning a little with the NYC skyline in the distance. (click on photo for the story).

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Pavarotti's Singing Advice (Larry King Live, CNN 1988)

Click on the photo above to be directed to CNN's website for a short clip of an interview Frank did with Larry King in 1988. He discusses a simple solution offered to him by the legend Luciano Pavarotti.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sinatra's screen work celebrated

Most people think of Frank Sinatra as a singer first and actor second. But the truth is that he was no slouch on screen, appearing in 57 motion pictures and earning many awards. MGM and Warner Home Video commemorate the 10th anniversary of the iconic singer's death with four impressive boxed sets featuring a total of 18 films. Here's a link to the article from Philly.com and a list of the movies included in the sets:

  • Frank Sinatra: The Early Years Collection ($28.99) has Sinatra honing his craft - and always singing - in the early films, Higher and Higher (1943), Step Lively (1944), It Happened in Brooklyn (1947), The Kissing Bandit (1948), and Double Dynamite (1951).

  • Frank Sinatra: The Golden Years ($29.99) includes one of Sinatra's most powerful turns, as a drug addict in Otto Preminger's harrowing The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), which co-stars Kim Novak. Other titles include Sinatra's only directorial job, the weak anti-war tale, None But the Brave (1965) and the terrific comedy The Tender Trap (1955), which co-stars Debbie Reynolds.

  • Some of Sinatra's best spins as a song-and-dance man are collected in the three-DVD Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection ($22.99), which features the musical masterpiece, On the Town (1949), plus Anchors Aweigh (1945) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949).

  • In The Rat Pack Ultimate Collectors Edition ($59.98; not rated), Sinatra & Co. star in five of the funniest films from the early 1960s, including Ocean's 11 (1960), John Sturges' Sergeants 3 (1962), the Robert Aldrich-helmed 4 for Texas (1963), and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964).

  • Last, but not least, the five-film Frank Sinatra MGM Movie Legends Collection ($19.99) includes two of Sinatra's most famous films, the classic indictment of McCarthyism The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and the brilliant musical Guys and Dolls (1955) teaming Ol' Blue Eyes with Marlon Brando. The boxed set also includes The Pride and the Passion (1957), Kings Go Forth (1958) and A Hole in the Head (1959).

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"Frank Sinatra Day"

May 13, 2008 is officially "Frank Sinatra Day" in the U.S. The House of Representatives voted in a landslide, 402-3, in support of the tribute.

Sinatra was also honored in 1997 when President Clinton signed into law legislation awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his accomplishments as an entertainer and humanitarian.