Sinatra! the Song is You by Will Friedwald
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Sinatra! the Song is You
By Will Friedwald

Sinatra! the Song is You

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Sinatra! the Song is You by Will Friedwald

Book Awards

  • Winner of ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award 1996.

Book Description

Frank Sinatra remains the greatest entertainer of our age, invigorating American popular song with innovative phrasing and a mastery of range and emotion. Drawing upon recent interviews with hundreds of his collaborators as well as with "The Voice" himself, this book is the only full-length work to chronicle, critique, and celebrate his five-decade career. Friedwald examines and evaluates all the classic and less familiar songs with the same astute, often witty, perceptions that earned him acclaim for Jazz Singing. With an authoritative discography and rare photos of recording sessions and performances, Sinatra! is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts and an unparalleled guide through his vast musical legacy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306807428
ISBN-10: 0306807424
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 36mm)
Pages: 560
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Stardust Melodies by Will Friedwald Stardust Melodies, Paperback (September 2004)

Offers the history of 12 legendary songs. This work explains the circumstances under which each was written and first performed, exploring their musical and lyric content. Those who were responsible for making these songs famous and performers who have left their unique marks on them are also identified.

Jazz Singing by Will Friedwald Jazz Singing, Paperback (August 1996)

This book is an overview of jazz and jazz-influenced pop singers. Among the major figures discussed are Armstrong, Crosby, Holiday, Fitzgerald, Sinatra, Eckstine, Vaughan, Torme and Bennett, along with descriptions of the contributions of secondary and forgotten talents.

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US Kirkus Review » An adoring - and at times vexingly detailed - look at one of pop music's most enduring and controversial icons. Friedwald (Jazz Singing, 1990) has collected enormous amounts of information on "The Voice's" career: interviews with Sinatra peers, discographic background, and an intimate familiarity with the entire Sinatra canon. Sorting all this information is a challenge at which Friedwald only partially succeeds. Most events and analyses of songs are treated in chronological order; Sinatra's various arrangers define phases of the singer's career, as evidenced in chapter titles such as "With Axel Stordahl, 1943-1948." Friedwald is at his best when describing, with some technical depth, how a particular arranger colored Sinatra's music. Musicians will appreciate the author's informed appraisals, while lay listeners will glean enough not to get lost. Arrangers are often unsung heroes, and Friedwald gives greats like Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins their due. And many of the small details included will fascinate Sinatra fans: "Fly Me to the Moon," for example, was the first music ever heard on the moon. However, at times Friedwald waxes on as if he were one of Frank's bobby-soxer fans, heaping praise on each syllable of Sinatra's phrasing and slowing the narrative turntable to a nauseating 16 rpms. The author's starry eyes miss much of Sinatra's bad behavior. And when he does recount some notorious outbursts, such as his punching out columnist Lee Mortimer in 1947 or calling an Australian journalist a whore in 1974, the author makes excuses for his hero. Reputed mob connections are only briefly alluded to. Sinatra! will appeal to those already under the master singer's spell but will probably not enlighten those with only a passing interest in or Blue Eyes - the book reveals its subject without transcending it. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald is the author of The Warner Bros. Cartoons, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, and Sinatra! The Song Is You.

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