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Good Read – Sinatra! The Song Is You

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Sinatra! The Song is You: A Singer’s Art
by Will Friedwald

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Product 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.

Todd Hill says:

Excellent book about the singing career of Frank Sinatra. Skips the all-too-often sensationalized aspects of his personal life and concentrates on his apprenticehip as a band singer (with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey), the era of “The Voice” on his Columbia Recordings with arrangements and orchestras led by Axel Stordahl, the Capitol Recordings with Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Gordon Jenkins and the Reprise years with diverse writers/leaders such as Neal Hefti, Johnny Mandel, Quincy Jones and Count Basie. If you only know the Sinatra of “Strangers in the Night,” “My Way” and “New York, New York” – not to mention the dreadful and over-produced “Duets” CDs of the 1990s – then educate yourself with this book and seek out the worthy recordings. Sinatra, more than any other performer, defined the “Great American Songbook” and many of his recordings are definitive.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

June 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

Datebook: June 20 – Louis XVI’s Flight to Varennes 220 years ago

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The Flight to Varennes began June 20 1791. It was a significant turning point in the French Revolution during which King Louis XVI of France, his wife Marie Antoinette, and their immediate family were unsuccessful in their attempt to escape from the radical agitation of the Jacobins in Paris. Their destination was the fortress at Montmédy in northeastern France, but they were only able to make it as far as the small town of Varennes. The king’s attempted flight provoked the charges of treason which ultimately led to his execution in 1793.

It’s Monday, June 20

RecycleNow in Paducah announces its summer hours. Starting today, the recycling center will be open Monday through Friday from 7AM to 2:30PM and on Saturdays from 8AM to noon. For a complete list of recyclable items, visit

Wednesday is the deadline to make reservations for this weekend’s Twilight Theatre production of three original plays. Dinner is at 6:30 at Kenlake State Resort Park, and the show starts at 8 on both Friday and Saturday. The show runs through July 30th. For reservations, call 270-436-2399.

The Paducah Photo 2011 Exhibition will be on display at the Yeiser Art Center through July 30. The center, located at 200 Broadway, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 4. Admission is free.

Tomorrow through Sunday, the Mermet Fish and Wildlife Area of Metropolis hosts two archery tournaments: the Superman Classic and the Illinois Pro-Am Tournament. Spectators are welcome at both tournaments. Visit for a schedule of events.

Find more regional events on our website,

morning cram [chinese muscle edition]

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“Beijing has long argued its army is primarily defensive, aimed at safeguarding China’s territorial sovereignty. But the speed of China’s military development is unnerving its neighbors and the United States.”

NPR reports on China’s growing military muscle.

KENTUCKY ~ Democratic candidates Jerry Abramson and Jack Conway speak to western Kentucky Dems at annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. MSU Capital Projects include library, and science complex.  Site surveyors get geo-technical on the Lake Bridges Project.

ILLINOIS ~ Fort Massac doing OK after flooding, on track for events this year.