NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Twenty – Face from the Past – Frank Sinatra


NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Twenty – Face from the Past – Frank Sinatra

#NaBloPoMo – Day Twenty  of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge

Frank Sinatra.

Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and actor Also known as “Old Blue Eyes”.

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra was the only child of Italian immigrants Natalie Della Garaventa and Antonino Martino Sinatra and was raised a Catholic.

He was a Singer, actor, producer, director, conductor. Years active – 1935-1995. He started singing at the age of eight, began singing professionally as a teenager In the 1930s.

A Fact – Frank Sinatra as a singer, never was a success on television.

In September 1951, Sinatra made his Las Vegas debut at the Desert Inn.

A month later, a second series of the Frank Sinatra Show aired on CBS.

Ultimately, Sinatra did not find the success on television, for which he had hoped.

The person he presented to the TV audience was not that of a performer easily welcomed into homes.

He projected an arrogance not compatible with the type of cosy congeniality that played well on the small screen.

Columbia and MCA dropped him in 1952.

Frank Sinatra – A radio voice from the past.

What can I say about old blue eyes?

In my younger days he was the apple of my eye, I could listen for hours to his voice, which was played on the 78 records, big untidy things, the one’s before 45 records came out, in those day’s there were no DVD or any of the modern devices to listen to his voice.

I wonder how many of those records are around now?


His song “Young At Heart” 1955 brings back memories of radio that my parents would listen to in 1940-50s, he had a very powerful voice and even in those days when radio was nothing like today he would give me cold shivers down my spine as he sung, he captured my heart as a teenager, I have never forgotten those memories of how I felt.


This photo is one I had of Frank Sinatra in the 1950’s it’s quite amazing sixty years later that I still have this picture among my books.

  • Frank Sinatra in 1955 had a golden year, it had brought him more world hits than any of his rivals and established a complete comeback. One of his early 1950s song “Good Night Irene” sold 150,000 copies in the united States.

But in 1955 his “Young At Heart” had topped the 1,000,000, while “Learning The Blues” jumped into the British best-selling list immediately it arrived there. Combined British and American sales now top another 1,000,000.

Then why the change in Sinatra’s fortunes?

  • The facts showed that he had never been in better voice and the public was aware of it.

But undoubtedly, the major reason for his comeback was the chance which Hollywood gave him, in the role of Private Maggio in “From Here To Eternity”.

His performance won him a coveted Academy Award and when the fans saw him on screen they found a strange, new, fierce yet sensitive Sinatra – a natural actor with a superb flair for the projection of his personality.

Which followed up with many more films.


Facts about Frank Sinatra’s Singing that made him special.

  • He sang his songs slowly. The words were crystal clear, but he drooled over the notes and above all else, he developed the great Sinatra phrasing.
  • Sinatra, in fact, was the first popular singer to obtain dramatic effect at the microphone with breath control – he developed the trick of inhaling in the middle of a note without breaking it.
  • He sang and inhaled at the same time – an unusual gimmick which enabled him to loop one phrase to another so that it sounded as though he had never paused for breath.

Although he learned music by ear, he never learned how to read music, but that didn’t stop him from being one the great singers in the 1950 – 1960s era.

Franks Sinatra Personal Life.

Sinatra had three children, Nancy, Frank Jr and Tina, all with his first wife. Nancy Sinatra (née Barbato) (m. 1939–1951).

He was married three more times, to actresses Ava Gardner (m. 1951–1957).

Mia Farrow (m. 1966–1968).

Barbara Marx (m. 1976–1998; until his death). In 2013

Something Stupid – Frank Sinatra

Sinatra started 1967 with a series of important recording sessions with Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Later in the year, a duet with daughter Nancy, “Something’ Stupid”, topped the Billboard pop and UK singles charts.


Teen Age Idol – Eddie Fisher.

The Daily Post had a challenge this morning for – Who did you idolize as a teenager?
Eddie Fisher was my idol way back in the 1950’s.
Who is Eddie Fisher? I can hear many asking this question, he was named Edwin John “Eddie” Fisher (August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010).
In the Mid 1950’s Eddie Fisher was a very popular singer worldwide, most likely because of Debbie Reynolds, he was always in the news, but that marriage didn’t last long, but he was a great singer and entertainer of that period of time.

In March 1955 in the London Palladium he announced his engagement to Debbie, everyone has been expecting it, but I was very disappointed as a teenager that now he was getting married, I thought it would change his outlook in life, and it did really, as even though they were wed in September 1955 their romance was an on and off affair and their wedding was postponed four times before Eddie a twenty-six-year-old guy, married Debbie a twenty-two years old female singing star in the Catskill Hills outside of New York, the marriage didn’t last for many years.

Eddie Fisher’s Career
Eddie has been singing from a very early age when was seven years old he won a child talent contest, which in those days he used to sell vegetables from his father truck in the streets of Philadelphia his hometown.

When he was eighteen he sang with a number of bands and he then became a resident vocalist at New York’s famous late-night, restaurant, the Copacabana.

In 1950’s he was named ” The Best New Singer of the Year” and his record sales grew.

He had many great hits in those years like “Lady of Spain” also “Wish You Were Here” not forgetting “I need you now* and I’m yours” some very great hits in those years, and as he said, “He just sings, No tricks, no crying, I sing the way I have always been singing.”
For more of Eddie’s Fishers life.

Eddie Fisher-1955 The picture above is a poster I used to have on my wall. Eddie Fisher’s younger days, Wouldn’t any teenager in the 1950’s fall for this smile?

I was very disappointed when his marriage to Debbie Reynolds was over and he married Elizabeth Taylor, needless to say by that time, I had got over my crush and have moved on with my life, but I will still stand by him, he was a great singer and I used to spend many hours playing his records.

My entry for Daily Post.Teen Age Idol

I had a blogger comment about this post in “Blogging 101” forum.

This is what they said.
I liked the background you gave, but the one thing I wanted to know is why he was your teen idol – was it his dashing good looks, was he crooner, was it the songs, was it a combination. How did you react when you heard his music or saw him on TV or in concert (if you did)?

My Comment – In the early 1950’s living in New Zealand we didn’t have TV, so the only way I got to know Eddie Fisher was by reading magazines and the radio.

The first song of Eddie Fishers I remembered, that never left my mind in those teenage years was “Oh my Papa”
This is the verse which I still remember some 60 years later.

Oh, my Papa, to me he was so wonderful,
 Oh, my Papa, to me he was so good.
 No one could be so gentle and so lovable, 
Oh, my Papa, he always understood.

Also, in my eyes, he did have good looks, but I think the main reason was a love affair between two young lovers.
To this day I don’t remember anything about Debbie Reynolds, I don’t think she was in the eyes of the public very much after their marriage failed.

Adele – Taylor Swift

This morning I received an email from MySpace Top 8.
The headline at the top caught my eye as I have already written an article on HubPages about Popular Female Singers 2015.
The Headline Said – 5 Reasons Why Taylor Swift Ain’t Got Nothing On Adele.

1. “Hello” easily nabbed the single-day view crown.
2. Adele met Taylor Swifts First-Week Album Sales in Days.
3. ‘Red’ Vs ’21’
4. Adele Won’t Need Frills on Her Tour.
5 Adele Doesn’t need to Crossover to make a hit.
My View – Adele maybe the tops in some cases especially with her lyrics, I prefer Taylor Swifts voice as Adele sounds like she is screaming to get to the top notes especially in her latest song “Hello”.

What are your thought’s?