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Roots & Influences - World of Frank Sinatra

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Bing Crosby  Out of Nowhere (1931 Single Version)   buy on itunes
Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra  I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You   buy on itunes
Billie Holiday  Some Other Spring   buy on itunes
Louis Armstrong  I Can't Give You Anything But Love   buy on itunes
Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra  Concerto for Cootie (Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me)   buy on itunes
Billy Eckstine  Prisoner of Love   buy on itunes
Rudy Vallée  As Time Goes By   buy on itunes
Mabel Mercer  Just One of Those Things   buy on itunes
Harry James  Ciribiribin   buy on itunes
Glenn Miller  Wishing Will Make It So (Remastered)   buy on itunes
Jascha Heifetz  An Eisamer Quelle, Op.9 No.2   buy on itunes
Enrico Caruso  I Pagliacci: 'Recitar!...Vesti-La Giubba'   buy on itunes
Keith Clark & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 25, II. Allegro giocoso   buy on itunes
Mildred Bailey & Red Norvo & His Orchestra  Says My Heart   buy on itunes
Bob Chester Orchestra  Blue Skies   buy on itunes


Considering how Frank was in so many ways [i]unlike[/i] everybody who preceded him, you might think he just sprang out of Hoboken into full-fledged superstardom without any idols of his own. And you would be wrong. Bing Crosby was not only Sinatra's first big hero; like Sinatra, he also completely reinvented the art of singing. On "Out of Nowhere (1931 Single Version)," you can hear Bing leading pop out of the [i]voh-dee-oh-doh[/i] crooner era into a more modern, natural style. Trombone-playing Tommy Dorsey tastefully slides around the beat in the big-band ballad "I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You (1991 Remastered)," schooling Frank on his phrasing in the process. And Billie Holiday showed the young Sinatra how to [i]inhabit[/i] a song, rather than just sing it, as you can hear in the bluesy yearning of "Some Other Spring." From Louis Armstrong to Enrico Caruso, we've got the essential artists and crucial tracks that inspired the Chairman of the Board when he was still a VP.
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