James Kaplan's Sinatra: The Chairman takes around a thousand pages to get us from his Academy Award for From Here To Eternity in 1954 to his death in 1998. Kaplan's previous volume, Frank: The Voice (2010), used up almost 900 pages to get us from Frank's birth in 1915 to '54. The combined 1900 pages of the two books isn't long by the standards of,...

For nearly a century, the tantalizing recorded voice of the Italian crooner has touched the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Modern-day troubadours, such as Bocelli carry on this recorded musical tradition, a tradition that began when Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) made his first gramophone recording in Milan, Italy, in 1903.   The European rec...

By Rebecca Winzenried   As Lincoln Center and The New York Philharmonic celebrate Frank Sinatra's centennial, on December 3, we revisit 1943, when "The Voice" was on the ascendant and performed with this orchestra. The summer of 1943 was a watershed for Frank Sinatra.   The 27-year-old singer's solo career was skyrocketing, on th...

Following its highly acclaimed debut in New York in March, the multimedia exhibit exploring the life and career of multiple GRAMMY Award winner Frank Sinatra will get its Los Angeles premiere at the GRAMMY Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.   As the official exhibit of the 2015 Frank Sinatra Centennial, Sinatra: An American Icon traces 100...

by Paul Sciria   Julius La Rosa grew up in Brooklyn, NY listening to records by Frank Sinatra and bands like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James. After finishing high school, La Rosa joined the Navy and was soon singing with the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C.   It was with the Navy band that the "Old Redhead," Arthur Godfre...

by Mark Chilla   From 1947–1954, there were 25 Italian-Americans who had chart-topping hits in the world of American Popular Music. You may say that the Great American Songbook was shaped, at least in part, by these Italian interpreters. On this episode, we'll salute the Italian-American crooners, like such artists as Frank Sinatra, Louis Pr...

In the new exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon, visitors will have a chance to look deeper into the life and legacy of Frank Sinatra. In the new exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon, debuting this March at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, at Lincoln Center, visitors will have a chance to loo...

The Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State University celebrates its 15th year with a host of events in October and November, including a concert celebrating Italian music from the past 100 years -- and the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra.   The celebration, dubbed "Canti e Cantici: Cent' Anni di Musica e Cultura Italiana (A Hundred Y...

By Harry Mount Frank Sinatra may have had a thick 'Noo Yawk' accent and sung the city's most famous song, New York, New York. But, in fact, he was a New Jersey boy, born in the pretty little town of Hoboken a century ago. It's just across the Hudson River from Manhattan's skyscrapers.   Take a $7 ferry from Wall Street to Hoboken...

You have a book coming out that argues Italian-Americans have been largely forgotten for their contributions to jazz. But Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Louis Prima, Louis Bellson, to name a few, are hardly unknown to those who care about jazz.   Yes and no. Many jazz fans aren't even aware that people like Tony Bennett and the late Louis Bell...