Frank Sinatra is one of the greatest singers of all time, and the first real pop music superstar. A larger-than-life figure, Sinatra came up during the Big Band Era with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey bands; by the mid-1940s, his appearances were causing riots. In the 1950s, after a decline, he recast his career with a string of legendary releases on Capitol Records, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here To Eternity, and by becoming a mainstay on the Vegas strip.
This week's video, "High Hopes," is not at all typical of the moody saloon singer. The novelty song is from a 1959 movie, A Hole In The Head, and it won the Oscar for Best Original Song that year. A delightfully corny and optimistic tune, Sinatra sang it with a children's chorus, and it's still a part of pop culture today.
So please enjoy this look back at a simpler time, and one of America's greatest vocal talents, and, as always, let us know what you think.
- Frank Sinatra
- Tommy Dorsey