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Some observers are obsessed
with his sex life, some with his personal shortcomings, which were many. Others
focus on his alleged mob connections. But more than anything, Frank Sinatra deserves
to be remembered for his music.
"The Voice," "Ol' Blue Eyes," "Chairman of the Board," Sinatra was the man who
transformed the craft of pop singing into an art, revealing nuances, a level of
meaning, and depth of emotion previously unknown. And
like all great entertainers, he knew how to connect with his audience. As the
singer himself explained, "I have an over acute capacity for sadness as well
as elation. I know what the cat who wrote the song is trying to say. I've been
there - and back. I guess the audience feels it along with me."
primarily through his records and films, Sinatra also created a significant body
of work in television that is little known, even to some of his biggest fans.
Partly because of its limited availability and partly due to the lack of respect
afforded television in general, Sinatra's work in the medium hasn't been well-documented
- and some of what exists is inaccurate.
you'll find links to episode guides for each of Frank Sinatra's series and specials.
As usual, I've tried to stick to contemporary sources and avoid questionable or
the audio and video quality of surviving prints of his early TV shows isn't very
good, many of the performances are first rate. Contained in this body of work
are some real gems, including renditions of many of his biggest hits and pairings
with major stars like Elvis Presley, Jackie Gleason, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong,
Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Sinatra's own daughter Nancy.
Perhaps the greatest value of these performances is that they approximate what
the singer's concert and night club act must have been like during his greatest
period of the 1950s.
performances from Sinatra's 1957-1960 TV shows were collected in a 2002 PBS special
(featuring commentary by Nancy, Frank Jr., and Tina Sinatra) that's now available
on both DVD
(left) and CD
(right). Another PBS special, called Vintage Sinatra, airing in 2003 and
featuring the singer's solo performances, has yet to be released.
Sinatra Family Website
Official site of the Sinatra family, with news
about Frank, Nancy, Frank Jr., and Tina, along with a forum and chatroom.
The Wikipedia entry for Frank Sinatra.
The Complete Guide
Lists and reviews of Sinatra records, videos, and
Frank Sinatra Facebook Page
News, pictures, and videos of Frank.