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angelina   

Bernie........that was awesome. Thanks so very much.

I knew Sinatra sang All By Myself..but never knew he did never Gonna Fall In Love Again. Interestingly enough...in both songs he credits EC during the intro (Arranged by Don Costa......as usual). I always loved Sinatra. Man I even liked Joe Piscipo imitating Sinatra. This was quite the treat this AM.

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angelina   

As an after thought...it occurs to me that EC songs have been covered by an incredibly diverse range of performers.......from Sinatra to Motley Crue to John Travolta to Patti LaBelle to Tom Jones...and so on.

I don't think Jimmy Webb or Burt Bachrach can claim such a wide performer appeal.

IMHO

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angelina   

They did "Tonight". Never released but one can find it online (Rhapsody). In fact there was a rough studio edit where..at the end....you here Tommy Lee mention... cool "that rock's". Also, IMHO....Raspberries' version is harder and edgier.

BTW...we just sent ya' a link to it in your email.

Bonnie & John

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LC   

Hey, Frankie, baby! Great stuff. Another gem from the Bernie archives....

I love the way Frank rewrote the lyrics.... Eric, what's it like to have been edited by Frank Sinatra?

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AnniekNY   

WOW! Talk about instant gratification! Thank you so much Bonnie and John!

LC, I was just thinking the same thing...I smiled every time he stylized the song in his trademark way.

My question for Eric is : what did you think of the arrangement?????

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You may now pick up your stones, but I going to say it anyway.

I do not care for Frank Sinatra, I know he is Huge and it is was a honor for him to sing Eric's song.

I think the arrangement was mushy, dreary too legato. It turned it into an old man song.

Sorry

I saw Frank Sinatra in the 80's he was terrible, drunk and rude to the audience and the other musicians. I didn't love his music to start-with, but I had an open mind because my husband loved him. It was a flaming fortune for us $250 a seat. But Frank was getting older, and we might never get another chance to see him again. He stumbled through songs, forgot the words he threw his drink at someone back stage, and he couldn't stay in tune to save his life.

Not a good night.

Eric,

I am sincerely happy for you, I am glad you enjoyed having Mr Sinatra perform your song. smile

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AnniekNY   

Hey Beth - you don't need to apologize!! he's not everyone's cup of tea.

Pete and I had tickets to see Frank, Dean and Sammy on April 9, 1988 - I was due with our son on that day and it would have involved going into the city to Radio City Music Hall and I wasn't really comfortable. We gave the tickets to my parents. Pete wanted to see Dino (his favorite) I wanted to see Sammy (I had read his autobiography 'Yes I Can').

Dean cancelled at the last minute - his son had died in a plane crash and he really never got over it apparently and he was prone to not being able to perform - and Liza Minnelli filled in.

I guess the show was OK - i don't remember what they said about it!

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To all who spoke ill of the Chairman.....Frank Sinatra is simply one of if not the 20th centurys greatest singers. I saw him open the Coliseum in Richfield Oh and he was simply great. If age affected his performances as the years rolled on...well that could happen to any of us. I would suggest to those who are not fimiliar with his work to listen to his voice on early recordings with Dorsey and esp his work on Capitol from the 50s.

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James   

Sinatra is "Americana"...I grant him that.

But on the other hand, I'm not a fan either. I can't get into an artist that thinks its cute/cool to hang with the Mob..

One of these days, someone might cover an Eric Carmen song better than Eric Carmen. But it hasn't happened yet!

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I would have paid $250.00 just to see him throw a drink at someone backstage, and then been able to tell everyone about it. My favorite line from Sinatra is when a waiter asked him if he would like a glass of white wine. He looked up at the guy and said "White wine? White wine is for sissies - you drink the white wine!" Beth - Listen to "Summer Wind", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Old Man River" and "Moonlight Serenade", and then tell me you don't care for Sinatra. I don't mean to sound overbearing, but if you love "Isn't it Romantic" and I know you do (one of my EC favorites also) I really think you'll like these songs and also find most of Sinatra's work excellent.

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Duane   

I agree with Bessie...Sinatra never did anything for me. I never understood his sex appeal back in the 40's and 50's...he always looked scrawny and ugly to me...maybe it was the bad boy thing...or maybe you just had to be there.

A lot of people think he was great though...different strokes, I guess...

Now Dean Martin was the Rat Packer I thought was special. Good looking guy (as far as guys go), charm, charisma and that smooth voice. I could listen to him sing all day. Probably my second favorite voice ever...behind EC of course...

Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IpEnsdXwFM

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Well, I guess I should chime in and bring up an interesting little fact about Frank. He was one of the VERY FEW TRULY GREAT SINGERS WHO ALWAYS GAVE THE WRITER(S) CREDIT. Personally, that's huge. To think that an icon like Frank would always make sure to tell his audience that I wrote that song......well, it says a lot about the guy. And I'll tell you one more thing. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, ever phrased better than Sinatra. Not ever. Oh, I know he could be a testy so-and -so, but some people you just have to get past that stuff. He was Frank Freakin' Sinatra for God's sake! He was a saloon singer from Jersey! The best there ever was! Get over it! Now go get me a Scotch, sissy boy. ec

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Here's a test. Go listen to a Frank Sinatra song, hopefully one you've never heard before. Better yet do it with 100 of his songs. You will understand each and every single word he sings. You can't do that with any other artist. You know how many other artists' records I have heard over a thousand times in my lifetime and loved them and still can't decipher every word.

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pierson   

Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, ever phrased better than Sinatra. Not ever. ec

yes indeed....

and no one should ever try to judge him from his work after 1975/76 (sorta the same thing that goes w/ the Rolling Stones after 1982, or whenever you prefer to draw the line)...

the amount of quality recordings he made from 1953-1968 alone (his PEAK years) are enough to lay claim to all modern "pop" singers... fer gawd's sake he makes Johnny Mathis's version of "Misty" sound downright small... especially on the bridge where he blows the doors off the studio....and truly defines what classic phrasing is all about

in defense of Burt Bacharach: he's been covered by The Stranglers, The Pretenders, Dusty Springfield, Sinatra, Ben Folds, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin, Love... among zillions & was music director to Marlene Deitrich... pretty varied guy

for Jimmy Webb: REM, Joe Pernice, Dusty Springfield, Donna Summer, Freedy Johnston, 5th Dimension, Sinatra

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Ecstasy   

I can't just sit there and listen to one of Sinatra's albums but I do prefer to watch him: On the Town, Anchors Aweigh, High Society, Robin and the Seven Hoods, Guys and Dolls... THAT'S the way to enjoy him.

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In complete agreement with Eric's post above.BTW...Glen Campbell...who was one of the GREATEST session guitar players in the 60s says of his famous session with Sinatra that he was so in awe of Frank...could not believe he was in the same room with him...that he could not stop staring at him...Hence,Franks famous comment.

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