The crowning touch was the superior jazz quintet convened by producer Lewis Merenstein to color the mists and shadows. Bassist Richard Davis later said that Morrison never told the musicians what he wanted from them or what the lyrics meant. Maybe he didn't know how to. He was going deep inside himself, without a net or fear.
Bruce Springsteen spent everything he had — patience, energy, studio time, the physical endurance of his E Street Band — to make his masterpiece. There are a dozen guitar overdubs on the title track alone. He found it so hard to re-create the sound in his head — the Jersey-bar dynamite of his live gigs, Phil Spector 's grandeur, Roy Orbison 's melodrama — that he nearly gave up and put out a live album.
But his attention to detail produced a timeless record about the labors and glories of aspiring to greatness. The overnight-success story of the s, Nirvana 's second album and its totemic first single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," shot up from the nascent grunge scene in Seattle to kick Michael Jackson off the top of the Billboard album chart and blow hair metal off the map.
No album in recent history had such an overpowering impact on a generation — a nation of teens suddenly turned punk — and such a catastrophic effect on its main creator. The weight of fame led already troubled singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain to take his own life in Lyrically, Cobain raged in code — shorthand grenades of inner tumult and self-loathing.
His genius, though, in songs like "Lithium," "Breed" and "Teen Spirit" was the soft-loud tension he created between verse and chorus, restraint and assault. Cobain also fought to maintain his underground honor. Ultimately, it was a losing battle, but it is part of this album's enduring power. He wanted to play [the song] live all the way through.
Bob Dylan once introduced this album's opening song, "Tangled Up in Blue," onstage as taking him 10 years to live and two years to write. In fact, he wrote all of these lyrically piercing, gingerly majestic songs in two months, in mid He was so proud of them that he privately auditioned almost all of the album, from start to finish, for pals and peers including Mike Bloomfield, David Crosby and Graham Nash before cutting them in September — in just a week, with members of the bluegrass band Deliverance.
But in December, Dylan played the record for his brother David in Minneapolis, who suggested recutting some songs with local musicians. The final Blood was a mix of the slow, pensive New York sessions and the faster, wilder Minneapolis dates. Together, they frame the gritty anguish in some of Dylan's most passionate, confessional songs — from adult breakup ballads like "If You See Her, Say Hello" to the sharp-tongued opprobrium of "Idiot Wind," his greatest put-down song since "Like a Rolling Stone.
Yet he had never turned so much pain into so much musical splendor. Rescued from dead-end gigs in New York by ex-Animal Chas Chandler, Hendrix arrived in London in Septemberquickly formed the Experience with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell and in a matter of weeks was recording the songs that comprised his epochal debut — which stands four and a half decades later as rock's most innovative and expressive guitar record. Hendrix's incendiary playing was historic in itself, the luminescent sum of his chitlin-circuit labors in the early Sixties with Little Richard and the Isley Brothers and his melodic exploitation of amp howl.
Hendrix made soul music for inner space. That January, the Beatles were on the verge of a breakup, exhausted and angry with one another after the disastrous sessions for the aborted Get Back LP, later salvaged as Let It Be [see No.
Determined to go out with a sense of recaptured glory, the group reconvened at EMI's Abbey Road Studios to make its most polished album: a collection of superb songs cut with an attention to refined detail, then segued together especially on Side Two with conceptual force.
There was no thematic link, other than the Beatles' unique genius. And Lennon, McCartney and Harrison reputedly sang more three-part harmony here than on any other Beatles album.
Let It Be was the group's final release, but this album was its real goodbye. It was no idle boast. Much of what we take for granted in rock would not exist without this New York band or its seminal debut: the androgynous sexuality of glitter; punk's raw noir; the blackened-riff howl of grunge and noise rock; goth's imperious gloom.
Recorded dirt-cheap at a studio that was literally falling apart, it is a record of fearless breadth and lyric depth. Singer-songwriter Lou Reed documented carnal desire and drug addiction, decadence and redemption, with a pop wisdom he learned as a song-factory composer for Pickwick Records. Cale introduced the power of pulse and drone from his work with minimalist composer La Monte Young ; guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker played with tribal force; Nico, a German vocalist added to the band by manager Andy Warhol, brought an icy femininity to the heated ennui in Reed's songs.
This painterly masterpiece would become one of the most important, influential and popular albums in jazz. But at the time it was made, Kind of Blue was a revolution all its own, a radical break from everything going on. Turning his back on standard chord progressions, trumpeter Miles Davis used modal scales as a starting point for composition and improvisation — breaking new ground with warmth, subtlety and understatement in the thick of hard bop.
Davis and his peerless band — bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb, pianist Bill Evans, and the titanic sax team of John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley — soloed in uncluttered settings, typified by "melodic rather than harmonic variation," as Davis put it.
Two numbers, "All Blues" and "Freddie Freeloader" the latter featured Wynton Kelly at the ivories in place of Evanswere in bar form, but Davis' approach allowed his players a cool, new, collected freedom. Therefore, you will hear something close to pure spontaneity in these performances. Phillips told them to "back up and do it again. But the man who would be King was officially on wax.
Bridging black and white, country and blues, his sound was playful and revolutionary, charged by a spontaneity and freedom that changed the world. Incredibly, it took more than 20 years for Presley's Sun output to be properly collected on a LP — which has since been superseded by this double-CD chronicle of the King's beginnings at Sun. It collects everything he cut at the studio, including alternate takes and the acetate he recorded as a gift for his mother as a shy and awkward recent high school graduate.
They wrote the songs while on retreat with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India, taking a break from the celebrity whirl. As John Lennon later said, "We sat in the mountains eating lousy vegetarian food and writing all these songs. Yet the creative tension resulted in one of the most intense and adventurous rock albums ever made. Lennon pursued his hard-edged vision into the cynical wit of "Sexy Sadie" and "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," but also infused "Julia" and "Dear Prudence" with childlike yearning.
Released on May 16th,rock's first studio double LP by a major artist was, as Dylan declared in"the closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind… that thin, that wild-mercury sound. After several false-start sessions in New York in the fall of and January with his killer road band the Hawks — "One of Us Must Know Sooner or Later " was the only keeper — Dylan blazed through the rest of Blonde on Blonde's 14 tracks in one four-day run and one three-day run at Columbia's Nashville studios in February and March The pace of recording echoed LP amphetamine velocity of Dylan's songwriting and touring schedule at the time.
Amid the frenzy, Dylan delivered some of his finest, clearest songs of comfort and desire: the sidelong beauty of the minute "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands," recorded in just one take at four in the morning after an eight-hour session, and "I Want You," the title of which Dylan almost used for the album. Produced with no-surrender energy by legendary Seventies studio madman Guy Stevens, the Clash 's third album skids from bleak punk "London Calling" to rampaging ska "Wrong 'Em Boyo" and disco resignation "Lost in the Supermarket".
The album was made in dire straits too. The band was heavily in debt and openly at war with its record company, LP. He threw chairs around the room "if he thought a track needed zapping up," according to Strummer. The album ends with "Train in Vain," a rousing song of fidelity unlisted on the back cover because it was added at the last minute that became the sound of triumph: the Clash's first Top 30 single in the U. A dirty whirl of blues and boogie, the Rolling Stones ' double LP "was the first grunge record," guitarist Keith Richards crowed proudly in a interview.
In the existential shuffle "Tumbling Dice," the exhausted country beauty "Torn and Frayed" and the whiskey-soaked uplift of "Shine a Light," you literally hear the Stones in exile: working at Richards' villa in the South of France, and on the run from media censure, British drug police Jagger and Richards already knew the view from behind bars and the country's onerous tax code. Exile is rife with allusions to their outsider status: The album's cover is a collage of freakish American characters, and on "Sweet Black Angel" they toast imprisoned activist Angela Davis — one set of renegades to another.
The music rattles like battle but also swings with clear purpose on songs like "Rocks Off" and "All Down the Line. Whatever people throw at us, we can still duck, improvise, overcome.
Exile on Main Street is the Stones at their fighting best, armed with the blues, playing to win. I realized that I had to put my own fantasies behind me if I wanted to write songs that would reach the souls of people. I wanted them to take a look at what was happening in the world. From its rich, string-suffused grooves to its boundless sense of possibility, What's Going On is the Sgt. Pepper of soul. Gaye was determined to shatter Motown's pop formula and address pressing social issues. Motown founder Berry Gordy was not pleased.
He claimed that "What's Going On" was the worst song he had ever heard. Gaye responded that he would never record for Motown again unless "What's Going On" was released as a single. After initially being rejected by Motown's quality-control committee, it was; when the song became a Top Five hit, the album — and a burst of socially conscious music from Motown — followed soon after. Working amid a haze of marijuana smoke, Gaye made one intuitively brilliant decision after another — from letting the tapes roll as his friends mingled to recording the rehearsal exercises of saxophonist Eli Fontaine.
When Fontaine told Gaye that he had just been goofing around, Gaye replied, "Well, you goof exquisitely. Thank you. Producer George Martin described Rubber Soul as "the first album to present a new, growing Beatles to the world," and so it was. The moptops were evolving in remarkable ways. Lennon's "Nowhere Man," which he later acknowledged as a depressed self-portrait, and the beautifully reminiscent "In My Life" both reflect the more serious and personal style of songwriting that Dylan had suddenly made possible.
George Harrison 's sitar on "Norwegian Wood" — the first time the instrument was used in a pop song — and Paul McCartney 's fuzz bass on "Think for Yourself" document the band's increasing awareness that the studio could be more than a pit stop between tours. And in fact all the singles came off the front of the album — pretty much all of them were released as singles.
Like most of my Kate Bush albums, this one really captivated me when it was released, and for several years after that. Nonetheless, this is an excellent album, and fans of eclectic percussion, strings, upbeat arrangements, and the lovely but acquired taste of Ms. For those reasons this merits four stars, and is well recommended. Hounds of Love is Kate Bush's most essential title to many of her fans and to critics alike though not to me. Listening to Hounds it is easy to understand why.
Lyrically, musically, conceptually, Hounds is an undeniable solid work of "progressive pop" music. Side one features five good single tracks, mostly pop songs but absolutely arresting in their beauty and construction. Most would be made into videos showcasing Bush's equally amazing talent in dance. My only minor complaint here is the electronic percussion, but then this was the s, when it was common for percussion and keyboard sounds to be "unfortunate" to use a nice word.
Side two is the Kate Bush magnum opus "The Ninth Wave", a side long conceptual piece that was to become a film. It is on the strength of this side that Hounds is made truly special for any fan of progressive pop. Long, well constructed, and highly imaginative, it was the swan song piece for me. For me Bush's essential work was in the period. Hounds represents the tail end of Kate's golden era, but what a run it was. Newbies should start at the beginning and work towards Hounds.
After Hounds proceed with caution. Unlike the music of her hits "Wuthering Heights" or "Moving", this album does not really focus on catchy melody even though some tracks have some nice melodies. Melody might not be considered by Kate as she might have decided to move away from pop music which typically focus on melody. Track no. The piano work augmented with tight bass lines make this song better. The following track "Cloudbusting" also has poppy melody augmented with string arrangement, followed with piano-based mellow track "And dream of sheep" My favorite track is "Jig of life" which has elements of Scottish music and energetic style.
This tracks moves beautifully with "Hello Earth" which has nice melody. Overall, this is a good album that showcases Kate's talents in composing and producing an album which has unique characteristic of its own.
In a way, some of the music reminds me to the Peter Gabriel's music but it does not apply throughout the whole album because it's different and original.
That's why I always regard Kate as one of excellent composer and singer. Keep on proggin'.! As much as I had started to lose interest in broadcast radio and stick to vinyls and cassettes of prog music, I do recall Running Up That Hill getting decent local airplay.
I had already taken an interest in her music after hearing the track from The Dreaming on college radio. I tried Never So Ever next. I've never been enthusiastic about her first two, though, to this date. It's entirely possible that the single would have caught my attention if I hadn't already gone nuts over the previous two albums. For LP vinyl purposes, this album was divided into two sides, the Hounds of Love side being the more pop oriented.
This side really moved me and if I hadn't become a solid Kate Bush fan already this music certainly cemented it. It's really a continuous piece of music, but still divided into distinctive songs.
A concept side, if you will. Not a piece of music you want to listen to if you're feeling depressed, necessarily. The theme is about the process of dying, the songs don't tell a continuous story, though. It's like several different characters at various steps going though the process. It ends on really bright note, the song Morning Fog, which has a John Williams cameo the classical guitarist not the film score composer, of Sky fame, progressively speaking on acoustic guitar.
I'm on my third copy, solely for upgrade purposes, which is the EMI edition, which comes in a heavy cardboard sleeve could do without that, takes up too much room in my collection. On the plus side it does have a CD booklet with some nice extra Album) of Kate. This is the '80's so the mixes are dance mixes and has added cloud commentary from unidentified people. I haven't taken the time to analyze that track, but it seems to be some kind of disco version mix.
I might be wrong. I haven't done a comparison, but it might have just been a rearrangement of the beats to something less complex. Be Kind To My Mistakes is one of the better bonus ones. It might have fit in with side one, probably didn't seem as prog appealing. Under the Ivy is interesting, but honestly a weak track, and no surprise that it didn't make the original cut, still a nice little song. Burning Bridge is probably the most raw of the bonus tracks, more interesting as an artifact, but ok on occasion.
The last bonus track, Lagan Love is a beautiful solo vocal rendition of the traditional song. The 'Ninth Wave' suite on the B-side of the album, that's what it's all about!
Some earlier reviewers have indicated that they actually prefer this to "Supper's Ready", and I'm inclined to agree. The orchestrations are superb - but here's where my doubt set in. I mean: perhaps it's not really fair to compare 'The Ninth Wave' to Genesis' work, which was completely written and performed by the band's own members. Whatever your views on this matter, it must be pointed out that Kate's singing both lead and backing vocals is unmatched in its range and its imagination.
There's not a single male prog vocalist who ever pulled off a minute suite like this. I doff my cap. Hounds of Love is a compilation of all the ideas Kate devoloped in the late 70's and in the beginning of the 80's, with a lot of new and interesting things The mellow tracks are also really insipred, like Mother Stand for Comfort with a great bass linethe beautiful And Dream of Sheep and the marvellous ending The Morning Fog.
The only track I dislike is Waking the Witch, too much noisy and weird But overall, this is a wonderful album that deserves be haeared slowly and in its integrity This is the reason I will not say wich are the best tracks. Because despite there are some great and some not so great songs, except Waking the Witch I like all of them! Conclusion: one of the best pop albums I've ever heard Experimental, moving, beautiful, funny, original All that a great album should have it's here.
And Hounds of Love is her masterpiece, although I can't give it five stars because some weaks moments don't allow it being perfect for me.
The music varies from uptempo pop songs like Running up that hill, The big sky and Cloudbusting to more quit and subtle songs like Mother stands for comfort, And dream of sheep and Hounds of love. There are also some more experiental songs here in Under ice and Waking the witch. Jig of life also stands out for having a folky celtic violin basis.
Hounds of Love is a very melancholic album IMO and the mood is pretty sombre on most songs which is something I favour. Kate Bush has written many beautiful songs on her previous albums but some of the songs on Hounds of Love really move me.
They are exceptionally beautiful. The musicianship is as usual very good. Listen to the fretless bass playing in Mother stands for comfort. Just beautiful. The production is surely an aquired taste as it is very eighties sounding. This might turn of some potential listeners, but personally I enjoy this sound as it makes Hounds of Love unique in Kate Bush discography.
To me this is another 4 star album from Kate Bush. Kate Bush creative peak lasted about 8 years which is a pretty long time for any artist to release essential albums. It should have been a warning that the album opens with a fairly standard dance pop song, "Running Up That Hill", that at least has nome nice vocals. The remainder of what was side one of the LP runs through four more unmemorable songs with nice, but not spectacular vocals.
The second half of the album, called "The Ninth Wave" starts peacefully, with "And Dream Of Sheep" that I believe was meant to contrast with what is probably her creepiest, and most disturbing song ever, "Under Ice". That's where the album begins to show some of that quirky creativity I was waiting for. The strong portion of the album continues with "Waking The Witch", with broken call and response vocals over a heavy rhythm track. The album then goes back to the good, but not memorable style of the first half of the album for the remaining four songs.
I wouldn't call this great, but it's better that any of her subsequent releases. The squonking synths only add to the intensity. The dual drums and the cello as Kate sings in a more shrill manner at times. You can just feel her excitement. I remember it too. Nice bass too. Some clapping later. Some breaking glass too. Kind of experimental and haunting. I like it. Drums and strings along with Kate's vocals lead the way.
This just sounds so good. Next up is the 7 song concept "The Ninth Wave". Just Kate and piano. The lyrics are outstanding as the woman is in the water, weak and wanting to sleep. Some whistles and bouzouki too. I like the violins to open as vocals join in. Cool track. Vocal samples come and go to open with piano. This is experimental. What a catchy track. Great sound. Spoken male vocals late. Piano, strings, choir, uillean pipes, bouzouki and atmosphere.
Haunting late. She sings "I am falling like a stone". And dreams of being able to kiss the earth, to say "I love you" to her mom, dad, loved ones and brothers. Columbia wanted new recordings of their growing star as quickly as possible, so Alec Wilder was hired as an arranger and conductor for several sessions with a vocal group called the Bobby Tucker Singers.
Of the nine songs recorded during these sessions, seven charted on the best-selling list. Sinatra did not serve in the military during World War II. On December 11,he was officially classified 4-F "Registrant not acceptable for military service" by his draft board because of a perforated eardrum.
However, U. Army files reported that Sinatra was "not acceptable material from a psychiatric viewpoint", but his emotional instability was hidden to avoid "undue unpleasantness for both the selectee and the induction service". Despite being heavily involved in political activity in andin those two years Sinatra sang on radio shows, recorded 36 times, and shot four films.
In Sinatra released " Oh! William Ruhlmann of AllMusic wrote that Sinatra "took the material very seriously, singing the love lyrics with utter seriousness", and that his "singing and the classically influenced settings gave the songs unusual depth of meaning". Granata describes as "one of the highlights of Sinatra's Columbia epoch".
Though " The Hucklebuck " reached the top ten,  it was his last single release under the Columbia label. Cementing the low of his career was the death of publicist George Evans from a heart attack in January at According to Jimmy Van HeusenSinatra's close friend and songwriter, Evans's death to him was "an enormous shock which defies words", as he had been crucial to his career and popularity with the bobbysoxers.
Sinatra became one of Las Vegas's pioneer residency entertainers,  and a prominent figure on the Vegas scene throughout the s and s onwards, a period described by Rojek as the "high-water mark" of Sinatra's "hedonism and self absorption". Rojek notes that the Rat Pack "provided an outlet for gregarious banter and wisecracks", but argues that it was Sinatra's vehicle, possessing an "unassailable command over the other performers".
Sinatra's decline in popularity was evident at his concert appearances. At a brief run at the Paramount in New York he drew small audiences. It was sad. From the top to the bottom in one horrible lesson.
The release of the film From Here to Eternity in August marked the beginning of a remarkable career revival. In subsequent sessions in May and November Sinatra and Riddle developed and refined their musical collaboration, with Sinatra providing specific guidance on the arrangements. His February recording sessions inaugurated the studios at the Capitol Records Building complete with a piece symphonic orchestra.
Look At Me Now" and " From This Moment On " revealed "powerful sexual overtones, stunningly achieved through the mounting tension and release of Sinatra's best-teasing vocal lines", while his recording of "River, Stay 'Way from My Door" in April demonstrated his "brilliance as a syncopational improviser". Buddy Collette considered the swing albums to have been heavily influenced by Sammy Davis, Jr.
InSinatra released Come Dance with Me! In the words of Kelley, bySinatra was "not simply the leader of the Rat Pack" but had "assumed the position of il padrone in Hollywood". He was asked by 20th Century Fox to be the master of ceremonies at a luncheon attended by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on September 19, He highlighted the "close, warm and sharp" feel of Sinatra's voice, particularly on the songs " September in the Rain ", " I Concentrate on You ", and " My Blue Heaven ".
Sinatra grew discontented at Capitol, and fell into a feud with Alan Livingstonwhich lasted over six months. Lewis 's It is Now Post Time, Love To Share (Keep Your Worries Behind You) - Nektar - Magic Is A Child (Vinyl. InSinatra released Sinatra and Stringsa set of standard ballads arranged by Don Costa, which became one of the most critically acclaimed works of Sinatra's entire Reprise period.
Frank Sinatra Jr. InSinatra reunited with Nelson Riddle for The Concert Sinatraan ambitious album featuring a piece symphony orchestra arranged and conducted by Riddle. Granata considers the album to have been "impeachable" [sic], "one of the very best of the Sinatra-Riddle ballad albums", in which Sinatra displayed an impressive vocal range, particularly in " Ol' Man River ", in which he darkened the hue.
In and he went to Mexico, with the sole purpose of putting on performances for Mexican charities, [v] and in July he was present for the dedication of the Frank Sinatra International Youth Center for Arab and Jewish children in Nazareth.
Sinatra's phenomenal success incoinciding with his 50th birthday, prompted Billboard to proclaim that he may have reached the "peak of his eminence". Louis to benefit Dismas House, a prisoner rehabilitation and training center with nationwide programs that in particular helped serve African Americans.
The Rat Pack concert, called The Frank Sinatra Spectacular, was broadcast live via satellite to numerous movie theaters across America. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In an effort to maintain his commercial viability in the late s, Sinatra would record works by Paul Simon " Mrs. Sinatra obliged and chose to sing "My Kind of Town" for the rally held in Chicago on October 20, InSinatra came out of his short-lived retirement with a television special and album.
He initially developed problems with his vocal cords during the comeback due to a prolonged period without singing.
Union actions cancelled concerts and grounded Sinatra's plane, essentially trapping him in Australia. Sinatra continued to perform at Caesars Palace in the late s, and was performing there in January when his mother Dolly died in a plane crash on the way to see him. Riddle was ill at the time, and died that October, before they had a chance to record.
InSinatra's first album in six years was released, Trilogy: Past Present Futurea highly ambitious triple album that features an array of songs from both the pre-rock era and rock era. President Lucas Mangope awarded Sinatra with the highest honor, the Order of the Leopard, and made him an honorary tribal chief. Santopietro stated that by the early s, Sinatra's voice had "coarsened, losing much of its power and flexibility, but audiences didn't care".
Kelley notes that by this period Sinatra's voice had grown "darker, tougher and loamier", but he "continued to captivate audiences with his immutable magic". She added that his baritone voice "sometimes cracked, but the gliding intonations still aroused the same raptures of delight as they had at the Paramount Theater". He donated a lot of his earnings to charity. Quoting Henry JamesPresident Reagan said in honoring his old friend that "art was the shadow of humanity" and that Sinatra had "spent his life casting a magnificent and powerful shadow".
The book became a best-seller for "all the wrong reasons" and "the most eye-opening celebrity biography of our time", according to William Safire of The New York Times. Kelley claims that Tina Sinatra blamed her for her father's colon surgery in InSinatra worked with Quincy Jones for the first time in nearly two decades on the album, L. Is My Ladywhich was well received critically. When Martin dropped out of the tour early on, a rift developed between them and the two never spoke again.
On June 6,Sinatra made his last recordings with Reprise for an album which was not released. InSinatra was awarded the second "Ella Award" by the Los Angeles-based Society of Singersand performed for a final time with Ella Fitzgerald at the award ceremony.
InSinatra returned to Capitol Records and the recording studio for Duetswhich became his best-selling album. I'm not going to mess with him, are you?
Into mark Sinatra's 80th birthday, the Empire State Building glowed blue. While Sinatra never learned how to read music well, he had a fine, natural understanding of it,  and he worked very hard from a young age to improve his abilities in all aspects of music.
His personal favorite was Ralph Vaughan Williams. By the mid s, such was his understanding of music that after hearing an air check of some compositions by Alec Wilder which were for strings and woodwinds, he became the conductor at Columbia Records for six of Wilder's compositions: "Air for Oboe", "Air for English Horn", "Air for Flute", "Air for Bassoon", "Slow Dance" and "Theme and Variations". Voice coach John Quinlan was impressed by Sinatra's vocal range, remarking, "He has far more voice than people think he has.
He can vocalize to a B-flat on top in full voice, and he doesn't need a mic either". His voice is built on infinite taste, with an overall inflection of sex. He points everything he does from a sexual standpoint". Granata, to "toy with the rhythm of a melody, bringing tremendous excitement to his reading of a lyric".
Arrangers Nelson Riddle and Anthony Fanzo found Sinatra to be a "perfectionist who drove himself and everybody around him relentlessly", and stated that his collaborators approached him with a sense of uneasiness because of his unpredictable and often volatile temperament. Once he found ones that he liked, he actively sought to work with them as often as he could, and made friends with many of them. The Cahn-Styne partnership lasted from untilwhen Van Heusen succeeded him as Sinatra's main composer.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Sinatra insisted upon direct input regarding arrangements and tempos for his recordings. He would spend weeks thinking about the songs he wanted to record, and would keep an arranger in mind for each song.
If it was a mellow love song, he would ask for Gordon Jenkins. If it was a "rhythm" number, he would think of Billy May, or perhaps Neil Hefti or some other favored arranger. Jenkins considered Sinatra's musical sense to be unerring. His changes to Riddle's charts would frustrate Riddle, yet he would usually concede that Sinatra's ideas were superior.
Sinatra's split with Gardner in the fall of had a profound impact on the types of songs he sang and on his voice. Lahr comments that the new Love To Share (Keep Your Worries Behind You) - Nektar - Magic Is A Child (Vinyl was "not the gentle boy balladeer of the forties. Fragility had gone from his voice, to be replaced by a virile adult's sense of happiness and hurt".
During his career he made over recordings. In the s, Sinatra's career was facilitated by developments in technology. As disc jockey Jonathan Schwartz said, "Never before had there been an opportunity for a popular singer to express emotions at an extended length". In the words of author John Lahr, "As many as sixteen songs could be held by the twelve-inch L.
Track after track, the brilliant concept albums redefined the nature of pop vocal art". Sinatra attempted to pursue an acting career in Hollywood in the early s. While films appealed to him,  being exceptionally self-confident,  he was rarely enthusiastic about his own acting, once remarking that "pictures stink". Sinatra co-starred again with Gene Kelly in the Technicolor musical Take Me Out to the Ball Gamea film set inin which Sinatra and Kelly play baseball players who are part-time vaudevillians.
The film remains rated very highly by critics, and in it ranked No. Fred Zinnemann 's From Here to Eternity deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by Burt LancasterMontgomery Cliftand Sinatra, stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sinatra starred opposite Doris Day in the musical film Young at Heart and earned critical praise for his performance as a psychopathic killer posing as an FBI agent opposite Sterling Hayden in the film noir Suddenly also Sinatra directed None but the Brave and Von Ryan's Express was a major success,   However, in the mid s, Brad Dexter wanted to "breathe new life" into Sinatra's film career by helping him display the same professional pride in his films as he did his recordings.
On one occasion, he gave Sinatra Anthony Burgess 's novel A Clockwork Orange to read, with the idea of making a film, but Sinatra thought it had no potential and did not understand a word. Sinatra starred opposite George Kennedy in the western Dirty Dingus Mageean "abysmal" affair according to Santopietro,  which was panned by the critics. DeMille Award  and had intended to play Detective Harry Callahan in Dirty Harrybut had to turn the role down due to developing Dupuytren's contracture in his hand.
Hutton 's The First Deadly Sin Santopietro said that as a troubled New York City homicide cop, Sinatra gave an "extraordinarily rich", heavily layered characterization, one which "made for one terrific farewell" to his film career.
InSinatra hired arranger Axel Stordahl away from Tommy Dorsey before he began his first radio program that year, keeping Stordahl with him for all of his radio work. Ultimately, Sinatra did not find the success on television for which he had hoped. Rocky Fortunea "footloose and fancy free" temporary worker for the Gridley Employment Agency who stumbles into crime-solving.
During the show, he performed a duet with Presley, who sang Sinatra's hit " Witchcraft " with the host performing the Presley classic " Love Me Tender ". Sinatra had previously been highly critical of Elvis Presley and rock and roll in the s, describing it as a "deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac" which "fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. The TV special was highlighted by a dramatic reading of " Send in the Clowns " and a song-and-dance sequence with former co-star Gene Kelly.
Sinatra starred as a detective in Contract on Cherry Streetcited as his "one starring role in a dramatic television film". Sinatra had three children, Nancy bornFrank Jr. Sinatra had met Barbato in Long Branch, New Jersey in the late s, where he spent most of the summer working as a lifeguard.
Sinatra was married to Hollywood actress Ava Gardner from to It was a turbulent marriage with many well-publicized fights and altercations. Sinatra reportedly broke off engagements to Lauren Bacall in  and Juliet Prowse in Sinatra was married to Barbara Marx from until his death. Though Sinatra was critical of the church on numerous occasions  and had a pantheistic, Einstein-like view of God in his earlier life,  he turned to Roman Catholicism for healing after his mother died in a plane crash in He died as a practicing Catholic and had a Catholic burial.
Sinatra was known for his immaculate sense of style. For Santopietro, Sinatra was the personification of America in the s: "cocky, eye on the main chance, optimistic, and full of the sense of possibility".
Sinatra's mood swings often developed into violence, directed at people he felt had crossed him, particularly journalists who gave him scathing reviews, publicists, and photographers. His feud with then- Chicago Sun Times columnist Mike Royko began when Royko wrote a column questioning why Chicago police offered free protection to Sinatra when the singer had his own security. The winner of the auction was Vie Carlson, mother of Bun E.
Carlos of the rock group Cheap Trick. Sinatra was also known for his generosity,  particularly after his comeback. Kelley notes that when Lee J. Cobb nearly died from a heart attack in JuneSinatra flooded him with "books, flowers, delicacies", paid his hospital bills, and visited him daily, telling him that his "finest acting" was yet to come.
Sinatra said that if it had not been for his interest in music he would "probably have ended in a life of crime". The FBI kept records amounting to 2, pages on Sinatra, who was a natural target with his alleged Mafia ties, his ardent New Deal politics and his friendship with John F.
The documents include accounts of Sinatra as the target of death threats and extortion schemes. Sinatra held differing political views throughout his life. Roosevelt inhe subsequently heavily campaigned for the Democrats in the presidential election.
In November Sinatra was invited by the mayor of Gary, Indianato try to settle a strike by white students of Froebel High School against the "Pro-Negro" policies of the new principal. Of all the U. Presidents he associated with during his career, he was closest to John F.
Sinatra worked with Hubert H. Humphrey in and remained a supporter of the Democratic Party until the early s. Santopietro notes that Sinatra was a "lifelong sympathizer with Jewish causes ". From his youth, Sinatra displayed sympathy for African Americans and worked both publicly and privately all his life to help the struggle for equal rights.
He blamed racial prejudice on the parents of children. According to his son, Frank Sinatra Jr. He was further diagnosed as having dementia.
Barbara would be the grieving widow alone at her husband's side. Sinatra's funeral was held at the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, Californiaon May 20,with mourners in attendance and thousands of fans outside. Robert Christgau referred to Sinatra as "the greatest singer of the 20th century". Santopietro argues that Sinatra created his own world, which he was able to dominate—his career was centred around power, perfecting the ability to capture an audience.
Through his life and his art, he transcended the status of mere icon to become one of the most recognizable symbols of American culture. Gus Levene commented that Sinatra's strength was that when it came to lyrics, telling a story musically, Sinatra displayed a "genius" ability and feeling, which with the "rare combination of voice and showmanship" made him the "original singer" which others who followed most tried to emulate.
He quoted reporter James Bacon in saying that Sinatra was the "swinging image on which the town is built", adding that no other entertainer quite "embodied the glamour" associated with Las Vegas as him. There are stars on east and west sides of the block of Vine Street respectively, and one on the south side of the block of Hollywood Boulevard for his work in television.
De Sapio on October 30th Sinatra received three honorary degrees during his lifetime. It was at this commencement that he was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate litterarum humanarum by the university.
He went on to describe that "this is the first educational degree I have ever held in my hand. I will never forget what you have done for me today". Sinatra has been portrayed on numerous occasions in film and television. Sinatra was convinced that Johnny Fontane, a mob-associated singer in Mario Puzo 's novel The Godfatherwas based on his life. Puzo wrote in that when the author and singer met in Chasen'sSinatra "started to shout abuse", calling Puzo a "pimp" and threatening physical violence.
Francis Ford Coppoladirector of the film adaptationsaid in the audio commentary that "Obviously Johnny Fontane was inspired by a kind of Frank Sinatra character".
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To prove her wrong when she belittled his choice of career Their friction first had shaped him; that, I think, had remained to the end and a litmus test of the grit in his bones. It helped keep him at the top of his game. Main article: Frank Sinatra discography. Play media. Years ago, his voice was more even, and now it is divided into at least three interesting ranges: low, middle, and high. That may be due to the ten years he's put on, and the things he's been through.
He never liked to discuss a performance afterward because he knew his voice wasn't as good as it used to be. If someone told him he'd been great, he'd reply, 'It was a nice crowd, but my reed was off' or 'I wasn't so good on the third number'. Strangely, in spite of his hearing problems, he had the most incredible ear, which often drove those he worked with nuts.
There could be an orchestra of a hundred musicians, and if one played a bum note he'd know exactly who was responsible. See also: Frank Sinatra filmography. See also: Personal life of Frank Sinatra. He couldn't help it. Just to look at him—the way he moved, and how he behaved—was to know that he was a great lover and true gentleman.
He adored the company of women and knew how to treat them. I had friends whose husbands were 'players', and every time the husbands had affairs my friends were showered with gifts. Well, I was constantly showered with gifts, but no matter what temptations Frank may have had while I wasn't around, he made me feel so safe and loved that I never became paranoid about losing him.
Main article: Political life of Frank Sinatra. See also: List of awards and nominations received by Frank Sinatra. For an extended list of albums, compilations, and charting singles, see Frank Sinatra discography. In Mayhe officially corrected the name on his birth certificate to "Francis A. Dolly and Marty ran a tavern during those years, allowed to operate openly by local officials who refused to enforce the law.
Dolly said of it, "My son is like me. You cross him, he never forgets. Mane wrote "Frank Sinatra" on the record label and kept the recording in a drawer through the years, giving Sinatra a copy on a cassette tape as a gift in Mane died inonly months after Sinatra's death; inMane's widow offered the recording for sale through Gurnsey's auction house in New York. James actually knew Ray Sinatra, so he did not press the issue. In one incident witnessed by Stafford backstage at the Astor Hotel in New York, Rich called Sinatra a name and Sinatra threw a heavy glass pitcher filled with water and ice at Rich's head.
In the open field, you might say, were some awfully good singers with the orchestras. Bob Eberly with Jimmy Dorsey was a fabulous vocalist. Como with Ted Weems is such a wonderful singer. I thought, if I don't make a move out of this and try to do it on my own soon, one of those guys will do it, and I'll have to fight all three of them to get a position". Joseph Ross in Los Angeles in August Kelley claims that his articles grew so offensive that Sinatra pounced on him outside Ciro's and punched him behind the left ear in response to an insult in which he was called a "dago".
Sinatra was taken to court, and according to Kelley, Mortimer received Mafia threats to drop the case or lose his life. Miller thought he would try this novelty approach for Sinatra because he felt the singer's "great records" weren't selling.
His friend, Jimmy Van Heusen, convinced him that the song would be a success. Their feud grew worse when Melcher suggested that Day sing "Young at Heart" as the film's title song when Sinatra's recording of the song was already a hit. Day conceded that she did not care whose voice was heard singing the film's title song. Because of the rift, the Young at Heart soundtrack album contains all the songs heard in the film but the title Young at Heart.
Sinatra's hit recording is heard at the beginning and end of the film. She claims that though he was not formally banned from the country, the bureaucrat "made it seem so" and stated that the situation caused much humiliation to the family.
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