FRANK SINATRA – A CELEBRATION

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!

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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!

JP Har. Jet American Samoa 1974Mr Sinatra took me to the United States on his private jet as a thank you. I finished up staying over ten years and we became good friends.

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.

*TDO_140712_003The 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.

*TDO - Music Director TERRY MYERSOn 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.

Author: John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.

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