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Dartblog Specials: Sunday Morning Sinatra

Friday, February 29, 2008

On November 13, 1967, Frank Sinatra hosted the “Man and His Music” television special featuring Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Here, prelude to your evening’s libations, is a lovely duet between Sinatra and Lady…

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Richard Adler and Jerry Ross composed the song “Hey There” for the 1954 musical The Pajama Game, about the courtship of Sid, the superintendent of a pajama factory, and Babe, the head of the seamstresses’…

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Very busy this ayem, so in my stead I’ll turn you to Rosemary Clooney and Perry Como, who, in rounds, execute a wonderfully lighthearted duet. Have you ever thought about the reach that music like…

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Continuing our little diversion into bearers of the American standard other than Frank Sinatra, here we meet an old favorite of this humble page, Dean Martin, and pair him with the magnificent Ella Fitzgerald. The…

Sunday, February 4, 2007

A little variety never hurt anyone. This fine Sunday I thought I might show a performance from two expert crooners who are not Frank Sintra. The clip below, presumably from The Dean Martin Show, shows…

Sunday, January 28, 2007

When, in “That’s Life,” Frank Sinatra sings of having been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king, well, he was giving an autobiography. Born in New Jersey a pauper,…

Monday, January 22, 2007

In trawling for Frank Sinatra performances for yesterday’s Sunday Morning Sinatra, I came across this marvelous little sketch from an episode of The Dean Martin Show. It isn’t quite the sort of thing for a…

Sunday, January 21, 2007

On this bright morning’s installment of Sunday Morning Sinatra, “You Make Me Feel So Young,” the Gordon/Myrow tune first given in the 1946 film Three Little Girls In Blue. Sinatra last sang it on the…

Sunday, January 14, 2007

In the summer of 1965, Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack organized a benefit concert in St. Louis for the Dismas House, a halfway home for convicts. A “summit,” they called it….

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It was on this day in 1915 that Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey to Anthony Sinatra, a fireman, and his wife Natalie. For sixty years, in pubs and in palaces, he…

Sunday, December 10, 2006

This bright Sunday, let’s give ‘em all an airing. Below, you’ll find a film of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin—with a little camero by Johnny Carson. It was recorded on June 20,…

Sunday, November 19, 2006

It has been a long while since I’ve posted a Sunday Morning Sinatra. Feels like it’s time. Scott Johnson, a one-man Grove Dictionary of American standards, observes that yesterday, November 18, was the anniversary of…

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Frank Sinatra debuted on the silver screen in a 1944 movie called “Higher and Higher.” That film features a wonderful scene in which Sinatra sings the velvety noctune, “I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night,”…

Saturday, September 30, 2006

I missed the Sunday Morning Sinatra last weekend, and so I offer this one an entire day early. This is a fabulous medley of tunes sung by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Look up ‘entertainment’…

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Rodgers and Hart wrote “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” for the 1935 show Billy Rose’s Jumbo, about a ‘bout-to-go-under circus family and their savior of a publicity man. The show itself isn’t terribly…

Sunday, September 10, 2006

This Sunday’s video is a little longer than usual—six minutes—and you will have to excuse the dim recording, the scattered static, and the imperfect sound quality. But I think this is really something to see:…

Sunday, September 3, 2006

American standards don’t come much more standard than the immortal tunes penned by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers for the 1936 show Babes in Arms, about a gang of teenagers who put on a musical…

Sunday, August 27, 2006

From 1957 to 1958 there was a television program called “The Frank Sinatra” show. It starred Sinatra, of course, along with arranger and band maestro Nelson Riddle. One episode of the program begins with the…

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Two weeks ago we saw Frank Sinatra sing the American classic “Ol’ Man River” from a 1946 Richard Whorf film called Till the Clouds Roll By, a tribute to the song’s composer, Jerome Kern. Here…

Sunday, August 13, 2006

“Cole Porter’s shining hour” is how Frank Sinatra used to introduce this song, written by the famous composer (who was, by the bye, one of the original Whiffenpoofs) in 1936 for Born to Dance. Sinatra…

Sunday, August 6, 2006

In 1946 Richard Whorf directed a film called Till the Clouds Roll By, a musical biopic of the great American popular composer Jerome Kern, who was among the founders of the Broadway musical idiom, and…

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