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Old 05-10-2008, 11:33 AM   #1
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Frank Sinatra on TCM

Anyone watching the Frank Sinatra specials on Turner Classic Movies this month? I still think 'ole blue eyes is one of the best singers of all time. My father was a big fan so I grew up listening to him. Sinatra was a pretty good actor too. TCM will be featuring his movies as well as musical performances.

Here's the link: TCM PRESENTS - FRANK SINATRA: THE MAN AND HIS MOVIES
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I don't watch a lot of TV, but I'm going to try and catch some of those movies and performances.

I like the "I did it my way" philosophy Sinatra had. I have the same way of thinking. A lot of times it means you take the road less traveled, but like the Robert Frost poem says, it makes all the difference.

One mistake he did make is that he stayed in the business too long. Sinatra turned down the "Dirty Harry" role, but one line from that character that he should have adopted is "A man's got to know his limitations."
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I maybe in the minority here but I think Frank is a little overrated. Give me Dean Martin anyday over Frank. Dean was a better singer and actor just one guys opinion.

To each his own.
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I maybe in the minority here but I think Frank is a little overrated. Give me Dean Martin anyday over Frank. Dean was a better singer and actor just one guys opinion.

To each his own.
Dean was very good too, but not the leader is the business that Frank was. Dino was very good when he worked. The problem was he didn't like to work. Frank, on the other hand, was very good too, and he worked himself to death, almost literally. They both had raw talent, except Frank made more use of it and, therefore, stands out more than Dean in both film and music.
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My mom had LPs of many of the crooners: Sinatra, Martin, SDJr, Williams, etc. As a younger person, I found them not unpleasant but mostly boring. As an adult, and closet musician, I can now appreciate the talent, if not the style of music.

Don't remember the program, maybe Carson, but I saw Mel Torme several years back. Rather than crooning, he did a jazz/blues tune in the scat style. He was amazingly good! Another, still going I think, is Tony Bennett.

Still, I can't help but think of the Perry Como skits they used to do on SNL... And the Sinatra skits by Joe Piscapo, mostly about Sinatra punching out every one in sight...
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