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It’s Frank Sinatra’s Birthday…

…you will find many tribute pieces and celebration events this week commemorating Frank’s life and accomplishments.

Anecdotes covering many aspects of Frank’s life, associations and career will surface, but I think the best Sinatra tribute comes from the archives of Life Magazine … a wonderful a photo essay and excerpt from their April, 1965 article — “Life With Sinatra: Portrait of ‘The Voice’ in 1965“.

Twenty-six beautiful photos revealing the more private side of Frank Sinatra’s life, along with some very interesting take-away quotes from Mr. S about how he approached his craft and developed his unique vocal style. My favorite slice of Frank’s offering in the Life’s  “The Private World and Thoughts of Frank Sinatra”:

“I don’t read a note of music. I learn songs by having them played for me a couple of times while I read the lyrics. I can pick up the melody very quickly. I learn the lyrics by writing them out in longhand. When I get a new song, I look for continuity of melody that in itself will tell a musical story.” — Frank Sinatra 1965

It’s a great photo essay and short read on Frank … a perfect way to celebrate the life of “The Voice”, Frank Sinatra. Stop by Life Magazine’s site and give it a look (here again).

Celebrate with me…

Though Frank’s popularity rests with his swing’n numbers, torturous saloon ballads and love songs, some of his best stuff for my money — and maybe the best examples of Frank using his voice as an instrument — comes from his plying Broadway’s best.

Just listen to this rendition of “I Have Dreamed” (The King and I – Rodgers and Hammerstein) that Frank laid down with Nelson Riddle and his 96 piece orchestra on The Concert Sinatra LP (1961) (VS review here) and see if you don’t agree:

 “I Have Dreamed” – Frank Sinatra*

Take in one of the many live performance celebrations commemorating Frank’s birthday if you can. (BTW, I think Robert Davi added a late show to one of his Vibrato concert dates tonight or tomorrow). But if you can’t make the scene at one of the live events, spin your favorite Sinatra magic at home this evening and toast the amazing Francis Albert Sinatra with me.

Happy Birthday Mr. S!

[* Please remember that all songs streamed here are for REVIEW PURPOSES ONLY and are NOT intended as a substitute for properly purchased original record company product. Give a listen and then please support the artists via iTunes, Amazon or your favorite music store. Artists/Record Labels — NO DOWNLOADS ARE SUPPORTED on this site; please contact me directly regarding the removal of any potentially infringing material.]