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The last word on Mr S?

In today’s Times, my review [£] of James Kaplan’s epic, no-stone-left-unturned biography: Can you imagine Frank Sinatra as an ambassador? The idea seems laughable, yet in 1958 that doyen of American columnists, Walter Winchell, floated the idea that JFK, then … Continue reading

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Frankly

Sinatra in the Capitol studios, 1957. From the new book “Sinatra: The Photographs”. An unusually clear view of the scars on the left side of his face. According to his biographer James Kaplan, he avoided being photographed from this angle whenever … Continue reading

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Frankly

One ex-acquaintance of mine – an ultra-hip New Yorker – once told me, in all seriousness, that she refused to listen to Frank Sinatra because he wore a toupee. (For more on that famous artefact, see Gay Talese.) I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra at his best … & worst

  “Sinatra gets harder to appreciate the more you know about him,” says Philip Collins in today’s Times [£]. He tells an old Vegas story about the comedian Jackie Mason, who, back in the 1960s, was reckless enough to treat his … Continue reading

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Sinatra, 99

  It’s his centenary next year. (And I’m eagerly awaiting arrival of the new set of London recordings.) In the meantime, here’s one of my favourite tracks from “Songs For Swingin’ Lovers”. Compare and contrast with this version of the same … Continue reading

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Frank & Dino

On the set of the Judy Garland Show, 1962. From the West End exhibition of Bob Willoughby’s photos. (His classic shot of Big Jay McNeely, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, is also in the mix.)

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