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A Frank Sinatra Tribute By His Conductor

Posted in Entertainment, Music on August 18, 2011 by franksinatratribute

For many years, Frank Sinatra was joined on stage by a musician named Vincent Falcone Jr. who served as Frank’s conductor and piano player.  Vinnie has also played and conducted for many other great performers, including Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Robert Goulet, Connie Francis and several other artists.

You can read about Vinnie’s relationship with Frank Sinatra in Vinnie’s book titled Frankly Just Between Us; My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra’s Music, written by Falcone and Bob Popyk.  It’s a great inside look at performing with one of the world’s greatest entertainers, told from a musician’s point of view.  In this book, the musicians aren’t only in the background, but their roles are clearly defined and featured.  And Vinnie’s personal role as Frank’s conductor makes for a fascinating read.

It starts with the story of Vinnie’s beginnings in Syracuse New York, to landing work in Las Vegas and on to traveling the world with Frank and company.  And Vinnie includes stories of his work with many other great vocalists as well.

Although things didn’t always go smoothly, with occasional drama within the band and Vinnie being fired and rehired by Frank, Vinnie makes it clear that he wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything else, and that, along with all the great stories that are shared makes Frankly Just Between Us quite a compelling book, for fans, musicians, and every performer of a Frank Sinatra Tribute Show.