Frank Sinatra - Nothing But The BestPosted on: 28 May 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
It's a decade since Ol' Blue Eyes passed away, so we celebrate his life.
As one of the 20th century's most iconic entertainers, Francis Albert Sinatra made an indelible mark on the world. Sinatra's legacy not only endures but also continues to grow in stature.
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915, the city's Post Office was renamed in his honour in 2002. He died in Los Angeles in 1998.
A beloved entertainer for six decades, Sinatra achievements earned him awards including three Oscars, two Golden Globes, 10 personal Grammys - and a total of 21 including those for his albums, an Emmy and even the Presidential Medal of Honour, as well as many others. A generous charitable contributor, one of his most prestigious awards was the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1971.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Frank's passing, the month-long celebration in the US includes the release of all-new CD and DVD collections, a television film festival and specials and a commemorative Sinatra stamp with official USPS first-day issue cancellation.
In the UK, Rhino Records releases Nothing But The Best on CD, Deluxe CD/DVD and digital download on 12th May 2008. This brand new collection features 22 classic cuts remixed and remastered from the original master tapes, plus a previously unreleased recording of Body And Soul, featuring a new arrangement.
The CD includes a selection of Sinatra's most memorable performances and best loved recordings, such as Fly Me To The Moon, It Was A Very Good Year, Strangers In The Night, That's Life, Something Stupid, Theme From New York, New York and My Way.
Alongside the single CD jewel case edition there will be a special deluxe digi-pack version with an additional 50 minute DVD disc featuring the classic Frank Sinatra In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall from 1971 which is currently unavailable in the UK.
Introduced by Princess Grace Of Monaco, Sinatra's co-star from High Society, he performs signature songs like The Lady Is A Tramp, I've Got You Under My Skin, One For My Baby and My Kind Of Town, among others.
Also commemorating the 10th year since Sinatra's passing, BFI Southbank presents a Frank Sinatra Film Season throughout May. Rhino UK/Warner Music are sponsoring the retrospective which features Sinatra's finest films. The season includes an extended run of the now too seldom seen Some Came Running (1958), directed by Vincente Minnelli. Additionally, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) honours Sinatra with a month-long festival of films and specials airing every weekend throughout the month.
You can visit www.rhino.co.uk/Sinatra for Sinatra's home on the web.
British Film Institute: www.bfi.org.uk/sinatra
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