Format: Hardback Book
Grade (Outer/Inner): Near Mint
As Frank Sinatra approaches his eightieth year, he remains the greatest entertainer of our age. However, recent biographers, emphasizing the singer's celebrity at the expense of his artistry, have obscured the truth that it was Sinatra's art -- the way he used his voice to invigorate American popular music with innovative phrasing and a mastery of range and emotion -- that won him a lasting place in popular culture."Sinatra! The Song Is You" is the first full-length work to document the musical life of Frank Sinatra. Drawing upon recent interviews with Sinatra collaborators, arrangers, and musicians -- as well as previously unpublished conversations with "The Voice" himself -- author Will Friedwald chronicles this five-decade career, tracing the evolution of his vocal style from such early influences as Harry James (the bandleader who in the late thirties "discovered" Sinatra in New Jersey's Rustic Cabin), Tommy Dorsey, and Axel Stordahl, with whom Sinatra recorded his first string of solo hits. With the orchestrations of Nelson Riddle in the fifties came a more hard-swinging, uptempo Sinatra; the creation of his own label, Reprise... Hardback with dust jacket, 559 pages, 4th printing, 1995...
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