Frank Sinatra would’ve celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12th, 2015. As one of the most beloved and admired entertainers of the 20th Century you certainly will find no shortage of tributes dedicated to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Well, here’s another one.
I dedicated this to the man and his music, the extraordinary voice I never tire of listening to and offer fun examples of his work on radio and television as a remembrance. I promise these are all well worth your time.
On the Radio
To start – America’s new singing sensation guest stars on Fred Allen’s Texaco Star Theater
As Rocky Fortune Sinatra plays a “footloose and fancy-free,” but tough young man who takes on a number of odd jobs and always runs into trouble. A B-grade, but enjoyable private eye show. Here are two episodes:
“Hepcat Kills The Canary”
“Murder on the Isle”
Next is a Screen Guild Theater production of “Too Many Husbands” starring Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.
Just for fun – a comedy routine with Hope and Crosby
Some of my all-time favorite of the classic radio shows are of the variety variety and “Command Performance” had some of the best. Following are a few doozies featuring Sinatra alongside some other notables:
With Doris Day and Jim Backus:
With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Victor Borge
With Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret O’Brien
With Carole Landis and Jimmy Durante
I’ve listened to many of Sinatra’s own “To Be Perfectly Frank” show from the 1950s, but couldn’t find one with acceptable audio quality except the following:
Frank as guest on “The Ginny Simms Show”
I must include at least one episode of “Your Hit Parade” featuring Sinatra and a swooning audience.
And here we have Frank as guest host of “The Bill Stern Show” during which he tells sports stories as was the show’s theme:
From 1951 “The Frank Sinatra Show”
”The Frank Sinatra Show” with guest Natalie Wood
Frank’s show welcoming Elvis Presley home from the Army:
Frank’s show featuring guests Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby.
For much more Frank Sinatra you might want to check the TCM schedule as the network features many of Frank’s best movies as part of its December tribute to the entertainer. And getTV is dedicating December 13th to Frank’s birthday. To end I offer a link to this lovely tribute my friend Rob wrote some time ago on the anniversary of Sinatra’s death.
Here’s to you!