VIDEOS: Frank Sinatra's First Live Radio Appearance and Other Classic On-Air Moments
Arguably the most influential vocalist in the history of American popular music, Frank Sinatra's 60+ years in show business have been highlighted by some of the most cherished recordings ever waxed.
But there's also a wealth of magical musical moments to be enjoyed from his appearances on radio. 2015 is the year that would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday and, as reported by BroadwayWorld, Legacy Recordings is soon releasing a commemorative 4-CD collection, Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955), which will including 100 rare tracks and 91 live performances from radio broadcasts and rehearsals, previously unreleased.
Let's have a sneak peek at some of the classic performances that will be included in the collection, beginning with Sinatra's first radio appearance ever; a 1935 broadcast of The Major Bowes Amature Hour where he sang as a member of The Hoboken Four.
Listen to the squeals of the bobby soxers! Sinatra banters a bit with Benny Goodman before making his fans swoon with Harry Warren and Al Dubin's "I Only Have Eyes For You." (Contrary to what is stated on the video, that is not Tina Sinatra's voice we're hearing.)
Luxuriously packaged with a 60-page book, Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955) is an essential addition to Sinatra's voluminous discography, offering a unique glimpse into the formative period of America's first teen idol: Frank Sinatra, the man who became known the world over as "The Voice." Included in the book are an introductory essay by renowned singer, pianist and archivist Michael Feinstein; a personal remembrance by Frank's eldest daughter Nancy Sinatra and detailed essay by foremost Sinatra historian, author and box set producer Charles L. Granata. The package was designed by noted Art Director Maria Marulanda, who created the landmark 2007 Columbia/Legacy box set Frank Sinatra: A Voice in Time.