I had the great pleasure of getting to know the great Frank Sinatra very well. We met during his “infamous” 1974 tour of Australia when he was declared “black” by the unions. I negotiated on his behalf with the then head of the ACTU, Bob Hawke and the rest is history. They even made a feature film on the incident that was based more on fantasy than fact!
Now we celebrate his birth,100 years ago.
If you are a Sinatra – Big Band fan, don’t miss The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra direct from the USA, the band that made Frank Sinatra a star, in their first trip ever to Australia, will be performing at venues throughout Australia.
The concert under Music Director Terry Myers features one of America’s finest singers from the Frank Sinatra Songbook, Bryan Anthony along with 20 musicians, singers and dancers performing all The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra’s Hits and more, a sentimental journey down memory lane.
On seeing the Tommy Dorsey band in 1937 it’s a known fact that Frank Sinatra told his wife Nancy” “See the singer guy? One day I’ll be sitting where he’s sitting”. It is widely accepted that Frank Sinatra learned a lot from Tommy Dorsey, especially the technique of breathing. Another thing Frank Sinatra learned from Tommy Dorsey was focusing on the words. Both Sinatra and Dorsey went on to record lots of beautiful songs like “The Sky Fell Down”, “Too Romantic”, “I’ll Be Seeing You”, “Polka Dots And Moonbeams”, “Fools Rush In”, “I’ll Never Smile Again”, “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You”, “Stardust”, “Oh Look At Me Now”, “Without A Song” and many more. Frank Sinatra made 80 recordings from 1940 to 1942. Frank Sinatra’s career blossomed with Tommy Dorsey, and with Sinatra’s vocals, the band became more successful than ever.
Not to be missed by Frank Sinatra lovers, or anyone who appreciates the great music of the Big Bands. Saturday 12th September, 2015 – STATE THEATRE, SYDNEY – Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 139 588 and at other locations throughout Australia.