The beginning of the 1970s was a transitional time for Frank Sinatra. His film career was ending, his albums weren’t selling like they used to, the Rat Pack days were over, Vegas was still paying him large sums, but generally, the thrill was gone. It was no secret that Sinatra hated rock and roll, but … More Watertown (1970): Frank Sinatra’s Curious Concept Album of Lost Love
This is the follow up to my previous blog about a 1983 album Paul Anka released. My Way was published in 2013. This blog is about his memoirs, naturally titled, My Way, an obvious reference to the song he wrote for Frank Sinatra. Frank looms large in this story. My intention was to only read … More Paul Anka, My Way (book review)
Forty years ago, I discovered a recording by Paul Anka, a song that actually got played with other contemporary songs. At first, I thought I might have misunderstood who was singing on it, but no, I was correct. Paul Anka? In the 1980s, Anka was about as far from hip as a teen heartthrob from … More Paul Anka in the 1980s
Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin made six feature movies together. These guys were like Newman and Redford or Clooney and Damon as a film duo. Frank and Dino were kool kats, and from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s, Hollywood was their playground. The films they made together between 1958 and 1965, ranged from … More Frank and Dean: At the Movies
In a decade where the Beatles, Twiggy and Steve McQueen were regarded as hip and cool, Dean Martin was the rare middle aged personality that achieved success in a culture rapidly becoming taken over by a younger generation. His popularity was huge. At a time when rockers were dominating the charts, his recording of “Everybody … More Dean Martin: 1960’s Cool
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