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Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson

Posted in Entertainment with tags , on June 26, 2009 by franksinatratribute

MJFS

You might not think Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson had much in common other than superstardom.  But in addition to that, they both enjoyed the creative involvement of another music superstar, Quincy Jones.  The composer, arranger and producer has worked with many top stars but may be most associated with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson and is relevant to any Michael Jackson or Frank Sinatra Tribute.

Quincy met Michael on the film The Wiz, and ended up producing the best-selling album of all time, Michael’s Thriller, and another mega success,  Bad.  For Frank Sinatra, Quincy did the charts for the album It Might As Well Be Swing with the Count Basie Orchestra, which included the hit song Fly Me To The Moon.  Quincy was also seen out front as conductor for Frank on many occasions, including at Frank’s live album Sinatra At The Sands, and a televised benefit concert that took place in St. Louis and featured Frank, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., with Johnny Carson filling in for Joey Bishop.  At that show, which has been released on DVD, Johnny even sings, and pretty well. 

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

Frank Sinatra and the Paramount Theater

Posted in Entertainment with tags on June 2, 2009 by franksinatratribute

Sinatra Paramnt

From the performer of a Frank Sinatra Tribute Show:  Bandleader Harry James put a young Frank Sinatra on the map by hiring him to appear with the Harry James Orchestra.  In the early 40’s, as Frank’s popularity grew, thanks to radio broadcasts and recordings, he was booked to appear at New York’s famous Paramount Theater, which was a popular spot during World War II.

Frank’s initial appearance was part of a large show including the Benny Goodman Band, a six member singing group, a comedy team and an up-and-coming singer named Peggy Lee.  Frank was introduced by comedian Jack Benny, to an unexpected outburst of screams by the young girls in the audience.

At that time, there were as many as six or seven shows a day.  And the young female fans were so infatuated with “Frankie”, they would stay in their seats to see him over and over throughout the day.  It’s said that Frank was so grateful for the fans’ support, he had someone buy sandwiches for the girls who didn’t want to give up their seats so they wouldn’t go hungry.  Frank’s one week engagement turned into two months, and the next time around, the show was all his, with his face on a huge sign on the front of the building. 

Also working at the Paramount Theater in the 40’s was a 17 year old usher named Joseph Levitch.  He later changed his name, became a comic and teamed up with a singer.  In 1951, the two of them created another wave of Paramount pandemonium as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.