Frank Sinatra was many things: father, husband, patriot, Rat Pack member, controversial celebrity, and acclaimed movie actor. But it is his genius as a singer and interpreter of American popular song that has secured his place in history. Sinatra stands as a giant in the musical world because of his unerring taste and deeply personal singing style, which blended the crooner techniques of a band singer with the phrasing and swing of a jazz master. He came to be known as “The Voice” and remains the standard for generations of singers.
Music historian John Edward Hasse draws on film and video clips, rare photographs, and original recordings to provide insight into Sinatra’s extraordinary career. View seldom-seen video footage of Sinatra performing such immortal songs as “Stardust,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Kind of Town,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road).” Hasse also tells personal anecdotes about Sinatra and his items included in the American History Museum’s collection, including the hand-made bow ties that Sinatra threw to screaming bobby-soxers early in his career, the raincoat and hat he wore in the film Pal Joey, various photos, published sheet music, movie posters, and recordings.
Hasse is curator emeritus of American music at the American History Museum. His books include Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington and Discover Jazz.
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