A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim

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A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim
StarringFrank Sinatra
Ella Fitzgerald
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)Robert Scheerer
Production location(s)Color City, Burbank, California
Camera setupMultiple
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatNTSC color
Audio formatMonaural
Original release9.00pm, November 13 –
November 13, 1967
Chronology
Followed byFrancis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing (November 25, 1968)

Sinatra (November 5, 1969)

Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back (November 18, 1973)

A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim was a 1967 television special starring Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, accompanied by Nelson Riddle and his orchestra. The medley that Jobim and Sinatra sing together was arranged by Claus Ogerman.

The title is a reference to Sinatra's previous two television specials by this name, 1965's A Man and His Music, the following years A Man and His Music - Part II and his 1965 album, A Man and His Music, which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1967.

Earlier in the year Sinatra had recorded the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim with Jobim, and this show offered a rare opportunity to see them both in live performance.

Sinatra had featured Fitzgerald on his Timex television shows in the late 1950s, and this show marked their first television appearance together since then, they performed a swinging duet of The Lady is a Tramp. Fitzgerald's pianist, Paul Smith said, "Ella loved working with [Frank]. Sinatra gave her his dressing room on A Man and His Music and couldn't do enough for her." Fitzgerald and Sinatra came close to recording together around this period, but the plans were eventually scuppered.

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