Friday, November 28, 2014

Introducing Dean Martin

Suave, classy and with a terrific voice I give you Dino Paul Crocetti born on June 7, 1917. You are probably thinking, “Who?” Well better known to everyone as Dean Martin a popular American singer, actor, comedian and film producer. One of Frank Sinatra’s good friends he was also given the nickname “King of Cool”. He was another member of the group of entertainers known as the “Rat Pack”, was part of a comedy team with Jerry Lewis known as “Martin and Lewis” and had two TV shows The Dean Martin Show and afterwards The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. Now let’s take a look at his musical career. 

Dean Martin had a signature tune with which he was always associated and that was “Everybody Loves Somebody”.

Dean Martin released his first album in 1952 You Belong to Me with songs like the title tune, “I’ll Always Love You”, “Dreamy Old New England Moon”, and “Solitaire”.

“You Belong to Me”

He was greatly influenced by country music and in 1965 came out with the country music albums Dean “Tex” Martin, The Hit Sound of Dean Martin, Welcome to My World and Gentle on My Mind.  His album Dean “Tex” Martin included such country hits as “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Room Full of Roses” and “I Walk the Line” all previously made popular by different country artists.

“I Walk the Line”

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sunset Years

As the years rolled along Sinatra’s star continued to shine. In 1970 he recorded some final songs for Reprise Records. On his 80th birthday a box-set of recordings was released The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings.

"You and Me"

Then in 1980 after a period of six years during which time no new releases came out Sinatra presented Trilogy: Past, Present, Future which included previously unreleased recordings. This album received six Grammy nominations and included the song which became associated with Sinatra “Theme from New York, New York”.

“New York, New York”

Two other albums came out She Shot Me Down and an album on which Sinatra worked with Quincy Jones L.A. Is My Lady.

Sinatra left behind many, many memories through his music. He is legend and was awarded the Legend Award at the 1994 Grammy Awards. In 1995 he celebrated his 80th birthday at which time in honor of Ol’ Blue Eyes the Empire State Building in New York City glowed in blue. At the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California he was given a birthday tribute, Sinatra: 80 Years My Way. At the end of this tribute he sang the final notes of “New York, New York” and this was his last TV appearance.



You have to agree that Sinatra or Ol’ Blue Eyes lived his life His Way and will always be remembered for the music he left behind.  He died on May 14, 1998 at the age of 82 and in honor of him again the Empire State Building glowed in blue. This wonderful singer and actor has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one for music, one for movies and one for his work on  TV. I am sure that he is now swinging on a star and singing “I did it my way….”

“My Way”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ring a Ding Ding

I know it’s a strange title to a post. However this was the name of Frank Sinatra’s first record album on his own label Reprise Records. The album Ring-a-Ding-Ding rang lots of bells for fans and it was a major success. Songs on the album included “Let’s Fall in Love”, “Be Careful It’s My Heart” and “A Foggy Day.”

“Let’s Fall in Love”

Frank Sinatra starred in one of his most successful movies in 1965 “Von Ryan’s Express”. In the music world to keep on top and continue to be popular Sinatra chose to record hits by other artists like Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” and The Beatles’s “Something” and “Yesterday.”


It was also at this time that Sinatra was a part of what was known as “The Rat Pack” a group of entertainers which he led and who worked together in movies and casino shows. They were Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.

In 1965 Frank Sinatra released the Grammy Award winning album September of My Years which included such songs as “Last Night When We Were Young” and the ever popular “It Was a Very Good Year” for which Sinatra won for Best Vocal Performance in 1966.

“It Was a Very Good Year”

Album of the Year was won by his career anthology A Man and His Music. Then came some of Sinatra’s greatest hits like “That’s Life” and “Strangers in the Night.” In 1967 he sang “Something Stupid” in a duet with his daughter Nancy Sinatra. However the one song that was and always will be most identified with Sinatra was “My Way” even though it has been recorded by many different artists. In 1970 he released the album “Watertown” but unfortunately this time it didn’t do well with the public.

“My Way”

Monday, November 24, 2014

Music and Movies

Once his career really took off Frank Sinatra also showcased his talents in various musicals among them “Anchors Away” with Gene Kelly in 1945 and in 1949 “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” also with Gene Kelly. It just made Ol’ Blue Eyes ever so much more popular. It was in 1951 that Sinatra made his debut in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Desert Inn. He just couldn’t lose and was also a great hit on TV on CBS with The Frank Sinatra Show.

Another memorable hit came out at this time;
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

In 1958 Sinatra released an impressive album of saloon songs and blues ballads Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. This included songs like “Angel Eyes” and “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)”.

“Angel Eyes”

The 50s brought rock and roll and some problems for Sinatra who wasn’t about to start rockin’ but this didn’t mean that his popularity was over. He came out with another hit in 1959 “High Hopes” and this hit the Hot 100 and stayed there for 17 weeks.

“High Hopes”



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Frank Sinatra

Before great rockers came along and before girls sighed over teenage idols there was Frank Sinatra. He had all of the “bobby sockers” of his generation enjoying his songs and loving him. His full name was Francis Albert Sinatra. He was an American singer, actor and filmmaker. His nickname was “Ol’ Blue Eyes”.  In 1946 Frank Sinatra released his first album The Voice of Frank Sinatra. This week I’ll highlight the songs that Frank Sinatra sang and made popular.

One of the songs on his first album that became popular at the time:

“These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)”