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It Wasn't the Final Curtain After All
By JOHN ROCKWELLPublished: October 5, 2003

FRANK SINATRA was always larger than life. Now he's larger than death. "He's back . . ." trumpet the ads for a new spectacular, "Frank Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way," to be unveiled on Wednesday at Radio City Music Hall.
Of course, unless you believe in literal resurrection, or unless you harbor sinister, pagan desires to unearth the dead, you might rightly assume that he's not really back. But his music is, and his images, and a roughly 100-minute musical, theatrical, terpsichorean video extravaganza.

Whether it will please both nostalgists and audiences new to the Sinatra mystique, or whether it will come across like some Oscar-show necrology meets earnest bio-documentary, we shall see. But a lot of expertise and energy and genuine love have gone into this effort.
The show will be a revue performed without intermission and centered on still and video images of Sinatra throughout his career, with performance footage drawn almost entirely from the late 1950's, when he was at his peak. This is where the creative and technical ingenuity comes in, although whether it will really offer "three-dimensional, life-like images of Frank performing and moving around the stage," in the words of the show's news release, seems doubtful.
The immediate impulse for the show came from James Sanna, who is executive producer of Radio City Entertainment. He went to Tina Sinatra, Sinatra's younger daughter, who now oversees Frank Sinatra Enterprises. She signed on, had long conversations with Mr. Sanna's creative team and provided access to family photos and films. But this is a Radio City production.
Mr. Sanna's team is led by Des McAnuff, whose Broadway directing credits include the original "Big River," "The Who's Tommy" and the revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Ms. Sinatra, Mr. Sanna and Mr. McAnuff are as clear about what they didn't want as what they do want. They didn't want, on the huge Radio City stage, an honorable but intimate cabaret/Off Broadway show like "Our Sinatra," which seems to be poised for revival. Or a travesty with Sinatra impersonators. Or the seamless patching in of famous dead people in the manner of "Forrest Gump." Or, indeed, despite the news release, the whole familial-dead-singer-resurrection fad, with Frank Sinatra Jr. channeling his father in the manner of Natalie with Nat (King) Cole.
The flow of images in this new show will both tell a compact (and no doubt gently sanitized) version of Sinatra's life and present him in performance. The jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli will serve as what Mr. McAnuff calls "our troubadour," recounting the Sinatra life story and also conducting a 40-piece orchestra and a gospel choir. There will be newly choreographed interludes for 26 dancers (including a Sky-cam for Busby Berkeley-style perspectives), and giant props, like a 35-foot limousine. For better or worse, there will also be testimonials to Sinatra from the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Mario Cuomo and P. Diddy.
While both Mr. McAnuff and Linda Batwin, who oversees the technical aspects of the show, agreed that its technology will include no outright innovations, they suggested that the lavishness of the image display (17 projectors) and the ingenuity of the production will have a striking impact.
Most of the projections will be seen on movable screens in a large gold frame set within the curve of the Music Hall's proscenium opening. Others will spill out beyond the frame, including a montage on the walls of the hall itself. Sometimes front projections on one screen will be complemented by rear projections on another, creating "a layering of ghost-like images," as Ms. Batwin put it. Mr. McAnuff promises other surprises he doesn't deign to reveal.
The real innovation of the spectacle, however, comes with Sinatra in action. For a series of ABC television shows in the late 50's -- some of them never telecast -- Sinatra took the expensive step of recording his performances directly on 35-millimeter film, to circumvent ABC's kinescopes, or films of transmitted video images. And not just recording on film, whose soundtrack, Mr. McAnuff says, is superior to anything otherwise available at the time, but with separate orchestral and voice-and-piano tracks.
Through a venerable process called Rotoscoping, the images of Sinatra can be cut out, frame by frame, from what Mr. McAnuff called the "artificiality and cheesy backdrops" of the TV shows. Ms. Batwin added that the images had been cleaned up and enhanced and would be projected in high-definition video so that "the texture of his suit just pops."

With the piano-vocal track isolated, Sinatra can be accompanied by Mr. Pizzarelli and his orchestra, playing the original charts by Nelson Riddle and Sinatra's other arrangers. Sometimes the transitions between those arrangements will be tweaked by Don Sebesky, who has also provided new orchestrations for the dance interludes. But Mr. McAnuff says that "85 to 90 percent of the show is just Sinatra singing."

The question remains, just who is this show's intended audience? Mr. Sanna reported that unscientific observation suggested an older audience predominated among the early ticket-buyers, but that now younger people had started lining up. That doesn't mean hip-hop obsessed teenagers, even if there will always be an audience of all ages for ballads and melody and sophisticated singing. But it does mean people of Mr. Sanna's age, 42; he conceded he had initially inherited a taste for Sinatra from his parents. Or like Mr. McAnuff, 51, who reports that he first saw Sinatra in his shaky old age and is thrilled to have a chance to build a show around his prime.
Although Sinatra was concerned about his place in posterity -- witness his documentation of the very television shows that form the heart of this celebration -- he was also nervously insecure that musical fashions were passing him by. "I know that it mattered to him to keep in the running," was the way Ms. Sinatra put it. He recorded a clutch of 60's songs, including an entire LP of embarrassing efforts to sound like that soppy 60's balladeer Rod McKuen. In his later years he almost literally phoned in his part of two CD's of duets with famous pop and rock singers.
He probably shouldn't have bothered, even if some of the duets have a certain poignance. What young artists and audiences value in Sinatra is the real deal, the classic belter and balladeer of the 50's and 60's, the one who, according to Ms. Sinatra, "sells a million units a year to this day."
There is also a revival of interest in Sinatra as an actor, especially the restored print of his best film, "The Manchurian Candidate," and its forthcoming remake with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, directed by Jonathan Demme. Tina Sinatra had a big hand in both those projects.
But it is as a signer that Sinatra will always be first remembered. In his Los Angeles den around the time of the ABC television shows hung a saying of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer: "Music is the only form of art that touches the absolute."
Glitz and pizazz aside, one hopes the Radio City Sinatra tribute will reintroduce us, sharply and thrillingly, to the legendary singer on a stage where he actually performed, alive for real. Ms. Sinatra says she hopes the show tours the world. Maybe even all the way to Las Vegas.  


The 2004 Frank Sinatra Calendar is being released by
Pyramid this month and is scheduled to be in stores by
October 21.



by John Petrick
Bergen Record, October 3, 2003

Sitting at Frank Sinatra's favorite table at Patsy's Italian
Restaurant in Manhattan, 29-year-old A.J. Azzarto points out
that her legendary grandfather sold about 1 million records
last year. This despite the fact that he's been dead since

"Just the idea of him is so pervasive in American culture.
He's made such an impact," says Azzarto in between
courses of Ol' Blue Eyes' favorite meal -- an appetizer of
clams and a main course of fusilli pasta with prosciutto
and tomato sauce. And cannoli for dessert, of course.
What would lunch with Frank be without cannoli for

The big table, in the rear of the second-floor dining room
at Patsy's, is known as The Hollywood Square. It is here
that Frank would sit with celebrity friends, straight up
until the last years of his life. Between the meal, the table,
and memories shared by his granddaughter, the restaurant's
chef, and others, it's as if Sinatra is seated there this very afternoon.

That's the same kind of feeling Azzarto and her
collaborators hope to create for audiences seated in
nearby Radio City Music Hall -- minus the fusilli, clams,
and cannoli. A new multimedia extravaganza titled
"Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way" begins
performances Wednesday with the bigger-than-life
projection of Sinatra himself.

"The impression we want to give is that if you squinted
hard enough, you would see Sinatra singing with the
orchestra -- almost like seeing Springsteen on a
Jumbo-tron, but more artistic than that," says Colman
DeKay, writer of the show.

The production took some two years to develop and
features rare vintage film clips of Sinatra performing;
filmed interviews with stars about Sinatra's life; a live
orchestra led by Bergen County native and renowned
jazz musician John Pizzarelli (who also serves as
narrator for the show); a gospel choir that will rise
on the stage's elevator; and, of course, the Rockettes.

Before "sliding projection fields" and other technology
were put together for the show, there was the basic
search for never-before-seen Sinatra footage. DeKay
makes it sound like a treasure hunt that led to gold.

"The main boon was getting access to the Sinatra
archives," he says. "Frank was a real collector of his
own material.... He knew that somewhere down the
line, someone might do a show like this.... We were
looking for footage from a variety show from the
Fifties that he did."

Finding the show itself was one thing. But he expected
to find it in Kinescope form, a low-quality reproduction
of a television broadcast commonly used in that era.

Instead, "What we found in a dirty corner of the archives
was a bunch of dusty pretzel cans with those Fifties TV
shows on 35-millimeter film," DeKay said, noting about
50 performances were uncovered. "The family didn't even
know they had these pristine, 35-millimeter filmed

Footage like that -- in its highest quality -- is what forms
the core of the show. The production team, he says, has
taken great care to make sure Sinatra himself is not
upstaged by all the live elements.

"We built it like a book musical in that the songs inform
the story and the story informs our choice of songs,"
DeKay said. "We do it through narration and some
fairly impressionistic staging. There are a lot of moving
parts. There is orchestration, also, throughout. The
Rockettes will be dancing with Sinatra. And there are a
bunch of surprises I don't think people will expect."

Azzarto, who has been involved with the show's
creative team, says "Sinatra" is more than a nostalgia
act. It's a way for people of all ages to experience
her grandfather as if he were alive.

"The performances are some of the best versions of
these songs anyone has ever seen or heard," she
says. "I really feel like it's the first time people are
going to see so many facets of him at once."

The production will also feature some of Sinatra's
rarely seen monologues. The show puts such clips in
perspective, offering audiences of today the hindsight
their original audiences lacked. In some cases, just the
look on his face and tone of his voice reveal the inner
demons Sinatra was wrestling with at certain points in
his life, producers say.

Beyond the high-tech, resurrected version who stars
in this show, what was Sinatra really like?

"What it was like to be with him was feeling like the
most important person in the room at any given
moment," Azzarto says. "But mainly, it was about
being in the presence of someone great."


By Rafer Guzm
NY Newsday Staff Writer

It is Wednesday afternoon, and Frank Sinatra's "Pennies From Heaven" fills a third-floor studio at Radio City Music Hall. A pianist and drummer provide live accompaniment for the piped-in music, but they're nearly drowned out by the rhythmic thumping of several dozen feet belonging to a line of high-kicking Rockettes. To one side, several male dancers prepare for the next number by grabbing props from a table strewn with tumblers, cocktail shakers and Zippos. It's a real-live rehearsal for a deceased star. But even though Ol' Blue Eyes died five years ago, they're still doing it His Way.

"When you come in on eight, come in just a little bit late," director Des McAnuff tells the out-of-breath Rockettes after the song ends. "Because that's where Frank's coming in." The show, "Frank Sinatra: His Voice. His World. His Way," which opens Wednesday, will attempt to breathe life into a dead star, but Sinatra
isn't the only one being revived these days.

Next month, rapper Tupac Shakur returns with "Tupac: Resurrection," a documentary in which he seems to narrate his life from the grave. Shakur also has a new single, "Runnin'," in which he trades rhymes with another dead rapper, Notorious B.I.G. Along with releases of newly discovered tracks by Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix, plus a summer tour by The Doors (minus Jim Morrison), music fans could be forgiven if they lose track of which artists are dead and which are alive. Whether these revivals will come off as respectful tributes or mere exploitation remains to be seen.

While fans seem to have an insatiable appetite for certain artists - any Presley disc is virtually guaranteed to sell thousands of copies - they can be touchy about others. When Kurt Cobain's diaries were published after his death, many accused his widow, Courtney Love, of tomb-robbing. Hendrix's handlers have come under fire for, among other things, tampering with his original recordings and selling memorabilia of questionable taste, such as boxer shorts and golf balls. "It's a very delicate balance between how much is too much," says Charles Cross, who wrote a biography of Corbain, "Heavier Than Heaven," and is working on another of Hendrix. "The rule of thumb is: Don't overdo it. Once you do, you've ruined it, and it becomes a joke."

This isn't the first time the entertainment industry has tried to bring back the dead. In 1991, Natalie Cole scored a hit with "Unforgettable," a duet with the voice of her late father, Nat "King" Cole; while touring, she even brought along a large-screen video of him.

Ten years later, a celluloid image of Presley "toured" with members of his original band playing live on stage. By digitally jiggering old footage, the Sinatra show aims to create the illusion that the singer is alive and interacting with musicians and dancers.

It helps that the producers have good source material: When Sinatra recorded his ABC series in 1957 and '58, he also prerecorded high-quality, 35-mm films of himself singing while pianist Bill Miller played almost inaudibly in the background for use on the show, although many never aired. The result is a collection of pristine performances that are nearly a cappella, all the better for adding live accompaniment.

The show is built around these forgotten reels: As Sinatra sings tunes from his post-World War II, pre-Rat Pack heyday, he'll be joined on stage by a 40-piece orchestra, the Rockettes and even a 30-foot limousine. But then there's this eyebrow-raising claim from a press release: "Sophisticated projection technology on 40-foot-high movable panels and blocks will create three-dimensional, lifelike images of Frank performing and moving around the stage." Just how lifelike? The public won't really know until the first concert.

"There is a little surprise at the end, where he makes an appearance," McAnuff says. "But I don't want to give too much away." The recent rehearsals, however, offered some clues. In one example, footage of Sinatra singing "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" has been altered to strip out parts of the bar where he sits, allowing jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli to be superimposed, live, in the background. At one point, Pizzarelli even walks behind Sinatra's seated figure, as if they were in the same room.

Then again, some of the tricks are as old as cinema itself. For instance, when Sinatra removes his fedora and throws it to one side, another movie clip shows a hat landing perfectly in the hands of Bruce Willis. (Willis is one of several celebrities who provide pre-recorded testimonials to Sinatra's voice, charm and partying prowess.)

No matter how good the technology, though, it's important not to give the impression of a fake or surrogate Sinatra, says Roger Richman, a Los Angeles attorney who specializes in marketing famous faces from the past. (Among his clients are the estates of Mae West, Albert Einstein and, as it happens, Sinatra's longtime orchestra leader, Nelson Riddle.) Richman says he's seen too many illustrations, sculptures and wax figures of stars that don't quite hit the mark. "If this technology does not result in a very realistic rendering of Sinatra," he says, "it's going to be panned by critics and by crowds."


Meantime, the most posthumously prolific artist of all time, Presley, will deliver at least three releases this year, one of them a four-disc treasure trove of previously unavailable material from old films, Nashville studio sessions and a 1972 concert. Despite the fact that Presley has released about two discs each year ? some with new material, some merely repackaging old songs ? there's no danger of oversaturating the market, says Michael Omansky, the consultant who oversees RCA's Presley catalog. "Not as long as you have a hard-core fan base that wants the stuff," Omansky says. "I think as long as you handle the entertainer with class and make sure everything is done right, with no cheesiness and good value for the consumer, you're OK."

It's possible that even the tackiest tribute is better than no tribute. Richman notes that many film stars of the 1920s are unknown today. "Families try and keep the memory alive," he says. "But most of these people, they do eventually die, believe it or not."

WHERE & WHEN: "Sinatra: His Voice. His World. His Way," begins Wednesday at Radio City Music Hall and runs through Oct. 19. Tickets are $40-$295.
Call Ticketmaster at 631-888-9000.

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DOUGofOHIO says:
Oct 6, 2003 4:20 AM
Good morning from TROY, OHIO-USA:

This is great news.


ARIES3032 says:
Oct 6, 2003 7:25 AM
Thank you, Nancy for the great news articule. So very sorry I am unable to attend the showat Radio City. Take some pictures for us. Thank you, Lee

June says:
Oct 6, 2003 8:21 AM
Nancy get the message out..There are tickets available. I got mine through ticketron. The phone number 631-888-9000 gave me a quick reply.

I was trying through the internet for three weeks. Nothing. I called Radio City. Nothing. Finally I did as you suggested.

Thanks for the help. Saved Lenny some work time in going to Radio City box-office. June

The Today Show


There will be a segment re: the Radio City Show Oct. 1 on the Today

ADDED: We think the Today show segment has been moved to Thursday Oct. 2 instead of tomorrow as was originally planned.


A national poll by the Reuters News Agency named Barbra Streisand
and Frank Sinatra as the favorite female and male singers of the last


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LIVE AND SWINGIN' will be released on October 14, 2003.


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ARIES3032 says:
Sep 16, 2003 8:33 AM
Dear Nancy, Thank you so very much. I am in complete agreement.

steffen says:
Sep 16, 2003 11:12 AM
who else?

Rick F. says:
Sep 16, 2003 1:10 PM
Bravo ! Reuters has shown good taste and wise judgement.

Barry says:
Sep 16, 2003 1:38 PM
Hello Nancy
About time some decent organisation with a bit
of clout used their noddle.
I don't think that "facts" can be ignored.

jadwight says:
Sep 16, 2003 3:14 PM
Nancy, they were very wise to pick you dad, but Barbra, no way. She may have excellent vocal skills, but she doesn't come close to Frank in interpreting the lyrics. Besides, Barbra over-sings the song. She kills it. That's just my opinion.


Bret says:
Sep 16, 2003 9:16 PM
It' nice to see that so many have such good taste!
FS is my favorite male singer and personality.
I appreciate Barbra Streisand's political views.
and I have always enjoyed her music.

Jake says:
Sep 17, 2003 4:33 AM
Excellent to hear this as well as the many things coming on about Frank, ie the Radio City Music Hall concert and other spectacular events. There was recently an article in the Italian magazine "Panorama" about Cole Porter and his new-found fan base in Italy, and mentions Frank as being the "sublime Porter song interpreter". Many kudos everywhere for Ol' Blue Eyes!

Sep 17, 2003 12:49 PM
Barbara Striesand ?....Did these people ever hear of ELLA Fitzgerald ?

stevemay71 says:
Sep 17, 2003 8:11 PM
I think those choices are good. Both of them are legends.

willieray says:
Sep 17, 2003 8:51 PM
frank and only frank no one else.thank you sinatra family.

Ozzy says:
Sep 17, 2003 10:36 PM
Thats awesome!! I'm glad they were named :D

Lourdes Correa says:
Sep 18, 2003 11:30 AM
Frank Sinatra as favourite male singer of 20th Century?
Frank is the favourite forever.

MerseyRat says:
Sep 18, 2003 12:04 PM
No doubt about it Frank Sinatra was the ultimate voice of the 20th Century with a canon of work covering the history of popular music, but what about Lady Ella? Streisand never comes close to Miss Fitzgerald.

gassergirl says:
Sep 18, 2003 2:18 PM
Frank Sinatra--yes most definitely
Barbara Streisand---most definitely no
I have to agree with MerseyRat,Ella had much more class and voice so pure and sweet she is the only possible choice as a worthy female counterpart to Sinatra.....they are THE two GREATS.

SINRAY says:
Sep 18, 2003 8:14 PM
Frank no doubt about it, and it should have been Ella hate to be prejiduce but i never thought there was anyone else, this is my opinion i think she is overrated.

Jim L says:
Sep 18, 2003 9:31 PM
Haven't posted in quite some time but can't let this go without adding my 2 cents worth.

Frank without a doubt, no one is even close. But Streisand, no way. Ella wins, hands down.

DOUGofOHIO says:
Sep 19, 2003 4:52 AM
Good morning from TROY, OHIO-USA:

Thanks, Nancy, and I totally agree about your Father, but I'm one of these guys who never bought a Streisand record..I can't imagine how they overlooked PEGGY LEE or BILLY HOLIDAY, or DORIS DAY and JO STAFFORD...

I'd love to have a nice conversation with some of those folks who make those kind of selections....


without a doubt!!!!!


And I do believe I have some idea about how the lady in the harbor feels....

Domenico says:
Sep 19, 2003 1:37 PM



Edie says:
Sep 19, 2003 4:17 PM
Hi Nancy So Glad about having your dad we all know he is the best Barbara I don't think so. There are plenty of better singers than her but that's just my opinion. Great Love Edie (Red)

jadwight says:
Sep 19, 2003 5:36 PM
Could have been Ella. Or what about the great Sarah Vaughn. She sang like an angel.


PAULIE EO11 says:
Sep 21, 2003 4:22 PM

gerald says:
Sep 24, 2003 12:12 AM
Favorite male singer of last century : Frank Sinatra.

Favorite female singer of last (and this) century : Nancy Sinatra.

DOUGofOHIO says:
Sep 24, 2003 6:18 AM
Good morning from TROY, OHIO-USA:

Thanks for the info about the
TODAY SHOW for October 1st..


Will T says:
Sep 25, 2003 8:00 PM
Nancy thats terriffic. If only the new cd's that came out were unrealeased concerts etc.. that would be awesome.

Great news on most popular singer,
All The Best From WIll

And The Beat Goes On...



RIAA Certifies Capitol Records' Frank Sinatra: Classic Sinatra Gold For Sales in Excess of
500,000 Units


The Legend Thrives with Sinatra's Return to Radio City Music Hall and PBS' "Vintage Sinatra"

The Recording Industry Association of America has awarded Frank Sinatra: Classic Sinatra
Gold Album certification for sales over 500,000 units. "Classic Sinatra," released in March
2000, assembles 20 of Frank Sinatra's most beloved songs from his Capitol recording years,
all re-polished with 24-bit digital remastering. "Classic Sinatra" includes "I Get A Kick Out Of
You," "My Funny Valentine," "In the Wee Small Hours," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Night
and Day," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Come Fly With Me," "Witchcraft," and "Come Dance With
Me." It is Sinatra's 18th gold or platinum certification for Capitol Records.

America has an insatiable thirst for the music of Ol' Blue Eyes. "Sinatra: His Voice. His World.
His Way," the first officially licensed and sanctioned by Sinatra Enterprises live theatrical stage
production based on Frank Sinatra, will premiere at an exclusive engagement at Radio City
Music Hall on Oct. 10-19, 2003. The production will feature a live 40-piece orchestra, outstanding
imagery, singers, performers, and jazz great John Pizzarelli as the event's MC.

Another media event sure to stir up some Sinatra nostalgia is "Vintage Sinatra: A Retrospective
Of The Swingin' Years," airing on Public TV stations across America during August and September.
Sinatra is captured on his TV show crowned with the classic fedora during the "Pal Joey" era. He
performs these timeless songs (many are featured on "Classic Sinatra") such as "Night & Day"
and "I've Got You Under My Skin."

The magic of Sinatra carries on from generation to generation. CDs like "Classic Sinatra," and
events like "Sinatra: His Voice. His World. His Way," and "Vintage Sinatra" continue to perpetuate
the legacy of one of America's greatest entertainers.


1. I've Got The World On A String
2. I Get A Kick Out Of You
3. They Can't Take That Away From Me
4. My Funny Valentine
5. Young At Heart
6. Someone To Watch Over Me
7. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
8. I've Got You Under My Skin
9. You Make Me Feel So Young
10. It Happened In Monterey
11. Oh Look At Me Now
12. Night and Day
13. Witchcraft
14. The Lady Is A Tramp
15. All The Way
16. Come Fly With Me
17. Put Your Dreams Away
18. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
19. Come Dance With Me
20. Nice 'N' Easy

SOURCE: EMI Catalog Marketing Group
09/03/2003 16:20 EASTERN

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Barry says:
Sep 4, 2003 11:06 AM
Frank Sinatra will never fade away.
Those songs are so familiar, that it's like
your own childrens names...You will never forget them.
Frank, in his day, WAS America.
Well done Nancy.
You took up the task of keeping the flame alive.
It will get to be like the Sun one day!

Jake says:
Sep 4, 2003 4:23 PM
It comes as really no surprise that many want to hear the architects of cool again, and here is really the Daddy of them all! Really helps the statue project for Times Square too!

DOUGofOHIO says:
Sep 6, 2003 5:49 AM
Good sunny, cool, (52 degF) morning from TROY, OHIO-USA:

Thanks Nancy, Great information..gotto play golf!!!

Saturday 0844 hrs (EDST)
September 6, 2003


Will T says:
Sep 7, 2003 12:10 AM
thats awesome. I hope to find a copy. thank's Nancy

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Sep 7, 2003 5:38 PM
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LindaR says:
Sep 7, 2003 5:39 PM
This is great. It looks like more and more people are still discovering Sinatra music. This will hopefully keep it alive long into the future.

gerald says:
Sep 8, 2003 9:50 AM
That's a Wonderful News ! Keep the Flame always burning high.

desmond says:
Sep 9, 2003 12:47 PM
sinatra ,music should be made the the next wonder of the world.........des

Anthony says:
Sep 9, 2003 8:33 PM
First positive news I've heard regarding the RIAA lately. Congratulations!

willieray says:
Sep 10, 2003 9:13 PM
thank you sinatra family.

DOUGofOHIO says:
Sep 11, 2003 12:15 PM
Thanks, Nancy for the Eagle with the tear, September 11, 2003..
We will get them ..We will not fail...


DOUGofOHIO says:
Sep 13, 2003 5:36 AM
Good morning from TROY, OHIO-USA:

Thanks for keeping the Eagle here.....we will get them..we will not fail...

Saturday morning, 0830 hrs (EDST)
September 13, 2003...


Lourdes Correa says:
Sep 13, 2003 1:20 PM
Hi, Nancy,
Let's keep the FLAME BURNING!
Sinatra forever.

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The Rat Pack were the ultimate forefathers of cool. With their stage act, a jubilant,
swaggering brew of comic camaraderie and vocal bravado, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,
and Sammy Davis Jr. worked the room like none before or ever since. In his liner notes,
acclaimed Sinatra scribe Bill Zehme observes that what transpired when these famous
pallies convened was, "a miracle…a sublime chemical collision between three grown boys
in formal wear…absolute equals in the loftiest of realms. You had to be there." You CAN
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Deluxe booklet packed with archival photos plus
liner notes by Bill Zehme, author of the 1997 best-seller
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canuck says:
Aug 22, 2003 3:36 PM
Can't wait to get that. Any word on a release date? Is the set called "Live and Swingin'"? I wasn't clear on that.

Ronald Sarbo says:
Aug 22, 2003 3:57 PM
Is the cd a DVD-A or a regular CD?

DOUGofOHIO says:
Aug 22, 2003 6:57 PM
Good evening from TROY, OHIO-USA:

Great news ....send lots of 'em to OHIO .....can't wait.

Friday evening, 0950 Hrs (EDST)
August 22, 2003

NANCY, you are always making it possible for us to get the best there is!! Thank you so much!!

SINRAY says:
Aug 22, 2003 7:54 PM
Dear Nancy, thank you oh lovely lady, you are the most of the most god bless you, much love

Jake says:
Aug 23, 2003 2:48 AM
Whoa, baby!

steffen says:
Aug 23, 2003 4:15 AM
i wanna order it right here right now :)

i've been watching the 65 man&his music DVD a lot lately, and this 65 show is a great companion to more sinatra live, on stage, wow!

also curious about sammy and dean.

hope the other dismas house specials will follow (67, 69 i think)

ARIES3032 says:
Aug 23, 2003 7:40 AM
Hello Nancy, So excited about this. When & who can we order this from. Many thanks for passing this nformation on to us. :)

Aug 23, 2003 10:09 AM
Great news !!
I hope to find it here in Brasil.

Jackie says:
Aug 23, 2003 1:01 PM
Nancy, can't wait for this one. Looks like now, I will HAVE to buy that DVD player. Hope it is out by Christmas. I'll watch for the release date.

Suzanne11 says:
Aug 25, 2003 3:05 PM
Oh boy I can't wait to see this one!! Yes Jackie you will need to break down and get that dvd player. :) It's worth it for the picture quality! Nancy any idea when this will be released? I assume around the holiday season? Ring a ding ding!!!

Edie says:
Aug 25, 2003 5:52 PM
Hi Nancy, Can't wait till this comes out the Rat Pack is & always will be my favorite it was great to see the Guys in Action I love it . Love Edie(Red)I 'm with Suzanne Ring A Ding Ding, Baby.

Domenico says:
Aug 26, 2003 6:26 AM
This is another great Sinatra release! Awesome, My birthday is November 01. This is my birthday gift to myself. This is great! Thanks!

DOUGofOHIO says:
Aug 27, 2003 6:32 AM
Good muggy, etc. morning from

Great news about OCT 14th
release schedule...thanks


Char Thomas says:
Aug 28, 2003 12:39 PM
Nancy, thanks for the info on the new Rat Pack on the 14th of Oct. Can't wait to get it. I was one who saw them in Jan. 1960. Cool doesn't begine to cover it, they were the most, and the best their ever was. Thanks again, your the best

gerald says:
Aug 28, 2003 4:48 PM
Dear Friend Nancy.

Wonderful ! I won't miss it.



Martijn says:
Aug 29, 2003 3:27 AM
Yeah man, yeah, The best news I've heard in a long time. Can't wait. Hope it'll be released in Holland soon!

silfver says:
Aug 29, 2003 7:55 AM
...and I hope it´ll be released in Finland ! You see, don´t have a credit card can´t use the net. Poor me. Poor me. POOR ME !

Whyking? says:
Aug 30, 2003 8:34 AM
Great news!

Is the Villa Venica-concert identical with the one on the limited edition gold disc from a couple of years ago? The DVD concert is from where and when?


UltimaKilo says:
Aug 30, 2003 2:35 PM
Something else to look forward to!

Barry says:
Aug 31, 2003 10:57 AM
What a CD!
I want it

MMM says:
Aug 31, 2003 11:41 AM
This is the Dismas House show right - nice to see this being released. Great show! Thanks.

david alan says:
Sep 1, 2003 4:55 PM

Kathleen says:
Sep 3, 2003 3:07 PM
YAY!!!! What a treat!!!

Col.JosephRyan says:
Sep 7, 2003 10:41 PM
Where will I be able to buy this? I had a really hard time finding the recently released Sinatra At The Sands DVD-A. Any help would be appreciated.

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