Jimmy Van Heusen
James "Jimmy" Van Heusen was an American composer. He wrote songs for films and theater, won an Emmy and four Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Born in Syracuse, New York, Van Heusen began writing music while at high school, he renamed himself at age 16, after the shirt makers Phillips-Van Heusen, to use as his on-air name during local shows. His close friends called him "Chet". Studying at Cazenovia Seminary and Syracuse University, he became friends with Jerry Arlen, the younger brother of Harold Arlen. With the elder Arlen's help, Van Heusen wrote songs for the Cotton Club revue, including "Harlem Hospitality", he became a staff pianist for some of the Tin Pan Alley publishers, wrote "It's the Dreamer in Me" with lyrics by Jimmy Dorsey. Collaborating with lyricist Eddie DeLange, on songs such as "Heaven Can Wait", "So Help Me", "Darn That Dream", his work became more prolific, writing over 60 songs in 1940 alone, it was in 1940. Burke and Van Heusen moved to Hollywood and wrote for stage musicals and films throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Swinging on a Star".
Their songs were featured in many Bing Crosby films including some of the Road films and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. He was a pilot of some accomplishment. Joe Hornsby sponsored Jimmy into an exclusive pilots club called the Quiet Birdmen which held meetings at Proud Bird restaurant at LAX and these men were lifelong friends until the 1970s. Jimmy worked, using his birth name, as a part-time test pilot for Lockheed Corporation in World War II. Van Heusen teamed up with lyricist Sammy Cahn, their three Academy Awards for Best Song were won for "All the Way" from The Joker Is Wild, "High Hopes" from A Hole in the Head, "Call Me Irresponsible" from Papa's Delicate Condition. Their songs were featured in Ocean's Eleven, which included Dean Martin's version of "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," and in Robin and the 7 Hoods, in which Frank Sinatra sang the Oscar-nominated "My Kind of Town." Cahn and Van Heusen wrote "Love and Marriage", "To Love and Be Loved", "Come Fly with Me", "Only the Lonely", "Come Dance with Me" with many of their compositions being the title songs for Frank Sinatra's albums of the late 1950s.
Van Heusen wrote the music for five Broadway musicals: Swingin' the Dream. While Van Heusen did not achieve nearly the success on Broadway that he did in Hollywood, at least two songs from Van Heusen musicals can legitimately be considered standards: "Darn That Dream" from Swingin' the Dream, he became an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971. Van Heusen composed over 800 songs. Van Heusen songs are featured in over twenty films. Although not considered handsome by conventional standards, Van Heusen was known to be quite a ladies' man. James Kaplan in his book Frank: The Voice wrote, "He played piano beautifully, wrote gorgeously poignant songs about romance...he had a fat wallet, he flew his own plane. Van Heusen was once described by Angie Dickinson, "You would not pick him over Clark Gable any day, but his magnetism was irresistible." In his 20s he began to shave his head. He once said "I would rather write songs than do anything else -- fly." Kaplan reported that he was a "hypochondriac of the first order" who kept a Merck manual at his bedside, injected himself with vitamins and painkillers, had surgical procedures for ailments real and imagined.
It was Van Heusen who rushed Sinatra to the hospital after Sinatra, in despair over the breakup of his marriage to Ava Gardner, slashed one of his wrists in a suicide attempt in November 1953. However, this event was never mentioned by Van Heusen in any print interviews given by him. Van Heusen married for the first time in 1969, at age 56, to Bobbe Brock one of the Brox Sisters and widow of the late producer Bill Perlberg. Van Heusen retired in the late 1970s and he died in Rancho Mirage, California, in 1990 from complications following a stroke, at the age of 77, his wife, survived him. Van Heusen is buried near the Sinatra family in Cathedral City, California, his grave marker reads Swinging on a Star. Van Heusen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song 14 times in 12 different years, won four times: in 1944, 1957, 1959, 1963. Wins1944 – "Swinging on a Star" for Going My Way 1957 – "All the Way" for The Joker Is Wild 1959 – "High Hopes" for A Hole in the Head 1963 – "Call Me Irresponsible" for Papa's Delicate ConditionNominations1945 – "Sleigh Ride in July" from the film Belle of the Yukon 1945 – "Aren't You Glad You're You?" from the film Bells of St. Mary's 1955 – " The Tender Trap" introduced by Frank Sinatra in the film The Tender Trap 1958 – "To Love and Be Loved" for the film Some Came Running 1960 – "The Second Time Around" for the film High Time 1961 – "Pocketful of Miracles" for the film
Frank Sinatra filmography
Frank Sinatra was an American singer and producer, one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. Over the course of his acting career he created a body of work that one biographer described as being "as varied and rewarding as that of any other Hollywood star". Sinatra began his career as a singer in his native Hoboken, New Jersey, but increasing success led to a contract to perform on stage and radio across the United States. One of his earliest film roles was in the 1935 short film Major Bowes' Amateur Theatre of the Air, a spin off from the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show, he appeared in a full-length film in an uncredited cameo singing performance in Las Vegas Nights, singing "I'll Never Smile Again" with Tommy Dorsey's The Pied Pipers. His work with Dorsey's band led to appearances in the full-length films Las Vegas Nights and Ship Ahoy; as Sinatra's singing career grew, he appeared in larger roles in feature films, several of which were musicals, including three alongside Gene Kelly: Anchors Aweigh, On the Town and Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
As his acting career developed further, Sinatra produced several of the film's in which he appeared, directed one—None but the Brave—which he produced and in which he starred. Sinatra's film and singing careers had declined by 1952, when he was out-of-contract with both his record company and film studio. In 1953 he re-kindled his film career by targeting serious roles: he auditioned for—and won—a role in From Here to Eternity for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. Other serious roles followed, including a portrayal of an ex-convict and drug addict in The Man with the Golden Arm, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the British Academy Film Award for the Best Actor in a Leading Role. Sinatra received numerous awards for his film work, he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Pal Joey, was nominated in the same category for Come Blow Your Horn.
Three of the films in which Sinatra appears, The House I Live In, The Manchurian Candidate and From Here to Eternity —have been added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. The House I Live In—a film that opposes anti-Semitism and racism—was awarded a special Golden Globe and Academy Award. In 1970, at the 43rd Academy Awards, Sinatra was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. DeMille Award
A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra is a Christmas album by American singer Frank Sinatra released by Capitol Records in 1957. This was Sinatra's first full-length Christmas album, it features the Ralph Brewster Singers along with an orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins. Capitol reissued the album in 1963 with different cover art and a new title, The Sinatra Christmas Album, both of which featured on the album's initial 1987 compact disc pressing; the original title and cover were restored for subsequent CD pressings in 1990 and 1999. In 2001, the album art was altered from its 1957 version; the CD bonus tracks were issued on a 1954 Capitol 45 rpm single and conducted by Nelson Riddle. In 2007 the album was reissued yet again, with a "50th Anniversary" banner placed atop the 2001 cover art and an additional bonus track added. In 2010, the album was reissued on vinyl for the first time since the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissue, #1-135, c. 1986 to independent record stores. "Jingle Bells" – 2:00 "The Christmas Song" – 3:28 "Mistletoe and Holly" – 2:18 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" – 3:11 "The Christmas Waltz" – 3:03 "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" – 3:29 "The First Noel" – 2:44 "Hark!
The Herald Angels Sing" – 2:24 "O Little Town of Bethlehem" – 2:06 "Adeste Fideles" – 2:34 "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" – 2:51 "Silent Night" – 2:31CD reissue bonus tracks"White Christmas" – 2:37 "The Christmas Waltz" – 3:01 Frank Sinatra – Lead Vocals The Ralph Brewer Singers – Background Vocals Gordon Jenkins – Arranger, Conductor Nelson Riddle – Arranger, Conductor
Come Dance with Me! (album)
Come Dance with Me! is an album by American vocalist Frank Sinatra, released in 1959. Come Dance with Me! was Sinatra's most successful album, spending two and a half years on the Billboard charts. Stereo Review wrote in 1959 that "Sinatra swaggers his way with effortless verve through an appealing collection of bouncy standards, aptly described in the album notes as'vocals that dance'". At the Grammy Awards of 1960, Come Dance with Me! won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male. Billy May won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement. Come Dance With Me stayed on Billboard's Pop album chart for 140 weeks. In 1987, Capitol released Come Dance with Me! on compact disc with four extra songs not found on the original LP. The album was again remastered in 1998 for the "Entertainer of the Century" series of Sinatra reissues; this version includes the same four bonus tracks found on the 1987 release. "Come Dance with Me" – 2:31 "Something's Gotta Give" – 2:38 "Just in Time" – 2:24 "Dancing in the Dark" – 2:26 "Too Close for Comfort" – 2:34 "I Could Have Danced All Night" – 2:40 "Saturday Night" – 1:54 "Day In, Day Out" – 3:25 "Cheek to Cheek" – 3:06 "Baubles, Bangles & Beads" – 2:46 "The Song Is You" – 2:43 "The Last Dance" – 2:11 CD reissue bonus tracks not included on the original 1959 release: "It All Depends on You" – 2:06 "Nothing in Common" – 2:32 "Same Old Song and Dance" – 2:52 "How Are Ya' Fixed for Love?"
– 2:25 Frank Sinatra - vocals Keely Smith - vocals Billy May - arranger, conductor Heinie Beau - arrangerTracks 1, 5, 6, 12: Mannie Klein, Shorty Sherock, Conrad Gozzo, Frank Beach, Joe Triscari. Heinie Beau, Billy May. Tracks 2, 3, 11: Shorty Sherock, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, Frank Beach. Tracks 4, 7, 8, 9, 10: Shorty Sherock, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, Pete Candoli. Heinie Beau, Billy May. Track 13: Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano, Robert Guy, Pete Candoli. Tracks 14, 15, 16: Conrad Gozzo, Frank Beach, Johnny Best, Harry Edison.
Early life of Frank Sinatra
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12, 1915. He grew up in a tenement with his parents. Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in an upstairs tenement at 415 Monroe Street in Hoboken, New Jersey, the only child of Italian immigrants Natalina "Dolly" Garaventa and Antonino Martino "Marty" Sinatra; the couple had eloped on Valentine's Day, 1913, were married at the city hall in Jersey City, New Jersey. Sinatra weighed 13.5 pounds at birth and had to be delivered with the aid of forceps, which caused severe scarring to his left cheek and ear, perforated his ear drum, damage that remained for life. Due to his injuries at birth, his baptism was delayed for several months. A childhood operation on his mastoid bone left major scarring on his neck, during adolescence he suffered from cystic acne that scarred his face and neck; some children called him "Scarface". Sinatra was raised Roman Catholic; when Sinatra's mother, was a child, her pretty face earned her the nickname "Dolly".
As an adult, she stood less than five feet tall and weighed 90 pounds. Sinatra biographer James Kaplan describes her as having a "politician's temperament—restless, unreflective", she was the daughter of a lithographer. Born in Genoa in northern Italy, she was brought to the United States. Dolly was influential in local Democratic Party circles, she used her knowledge of Italian dialects and fluent English to translate for immigrants during court proceedings those pertaining to requests for citizenship. This earned her the respect of local politicians, she was the first immigrant woman to hold that position in her local third ward, reliably delivered as many as six hundred votes for Democratic candidates. In 1919, she chained herself to city hall in support of the Women's suffrage movement, she worked as a midwife, earning $50 for each delivery, a fair amount of money at the time. These activities kept Dolly away from home during much of her son's childhood. Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelley claims that Dolly ran an illegal abortion service that catered to Italian Catholic girls, was so well known for this doctors referred their patients to her, for whom she would travel as far afield as Jersey City and Union City.
Sinatra's father, Antonino – a small, blue-eyed, ruddy-complexioned man – was from Lercara Friddi, near Palermo, Sicily. His parents had been vineyard cultivators, he arrived at Ellis Island with his mother and sisters in 1903, when they joined his father, Francesco Sinatra, who had immigrated to the US in 1900. Francesco worked for 17 years at the American Pencil company, which "wrecked his lungs" according to granddaughter Nancy. Antonino was a bantamweight boxer. Though a boxer, who would talk "loud and rough", he had a reserved demeanor, he retired from boxing in 1926, after having broken both wrists, found work on the docks as a boilermaker, but was soon laid off due to problems with asthma. He served with the Hoboken Fire Department for 24 years. Kaplan claims. In 1920, Prohibition of alcohol became law in the US. Dolly and Marty ran a tavern during those years, allowed to operate by local officials who refused to enforce the law. Kaplan notes the possibility that the Sinatras procured their liquor from members of the American Mafia.
They purchased the bar, which they named Marty O'Brien's, with money they borrowed from Dolly's parents. When they were busy with the tavern, Sinatra was watched by relatives and sometimes a Jewish neighbor named Mrs. Goldberg, who taught him Yiddish; when Sinatra was six, his uncle Babe, Dolly's brother, was arrested for driving a getaway car after a Railway Express truck driver was murdered. Though Dolly attended his trial daily and attempted to evoke sympathy, her brother was convicted and sentenced to prison for 15 years. Other family members had minor clashes with the law. Sinatra recalled spending time at the bar, working on his homework and singing a song on top of the player piano for spare change. During the Great Depression, Dolly provided money to her son for outings with friends, for him to buy expensive clothes, he earned pocket money by singing on street corners. Neighbors described him as the "best-dressed kid in the neighborhood" and the "richest kid on the block", aided by the fact that he was an only child, had his own bedroom.
According to Kaplan, Dolly doted on her son, but she abused him when he angered her, hitting him with small bat she kept at Marty O'Brien's. Excessively thin and small as a child and young man, Sinatra's skinny frame became a staple of his own jokes and those of the Rat Pack members during stage shows, one self-effacing joke being: "A little kid, skinny. So skinny my eyes were single file. Between those two and my belly button my old man thought I was a clarinet". Sinatra developed an interest in music big band jazz, from a young age, became addicted to listening to the radio, "entranced by the new musical and comedy routines and captivated by the huge audiences they commanded", according to biographer Chris Rojek, he began singing at a young age, sitting on top of the piano at his parent's bar in Hoboken, "Marty's O'Brien's. Dolly was not enthusiastic at the idea of her son becoming a singer, but she realized when Sinatra was as young as 11 he had something
Frankly Sentimental is the fourth studio album by Frank Sinatra, released on June 20, 1949 as a set of four 78 rpm records and a 10" LP album. The tracks were conducted by Axel Stordahl and his orchestra; the album is composed of eight songs recorded in eight separate sessions in 1946 and 1947. "Body and Soul" – 3:19 "Laura" – 3:12 "Fools Rush In" – 3:04 "Spring Is Here" – 2:43 "One For My Baby" "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" "When You Awake" "It Never Entered My Mind" – 3:34 Frank Sinatra – Vocals Axel Stordahl – Arranger, Conductor LOS ANGELES MUSICIANS – 1946 TO 1947: William Bloom, Werner Callies, Walter Edelstein, Sam Freed, David Frisina, Howard Halbert, Sol Kindler, Morris King, Eugene Lamas, Dan Lube, Mischa Russell, Felix Slatkin, Gerald Vinci, Abraham Hochstein, Alexander Neiman, Stanley Spiegelman, Dave Sterkin, Fred Goerner, John Sewell, Julius Tannenbaum, Ann Mason, Heinie Beau, Fred Dornbach, Herbert Haymer, Jules Kinsler, Harry Klee, Clyde Hurley, Manny Klein, Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy, Hoyt Bohannon, George Jenkins, Edward Kuczborski, Richard Perissi, Mark McIntyre, Dave Barbour, Allan Reuss, Phil Stephens, Ray Hagan NEW YORK MUSICIANS – 1947: Fred Buldrini, Mac Ceppos, Sid Harris, Maurice Hershaft, Harry Katzman, Howard Kay, Sylvan Kirsner, Leo Kruczek, Felix Orlewitz, Merle Pitt, Raoul Polikian, Samuel Rand, Julius Schachter, Zelly Smirnoff, Harry Urbont, Jack Zyde, Harold Colletta, Solomon Deutsch, Harold Furmansky, Isadore Zir, Maurice Brown, Armand Kaproff, George Ricci, Elaine Vito Ricci, Ernie Caceres, Harold Feldman, Bernard Kaufman, Mitch Miller, Toots Mondello, Hymie Schertzer, Wolfe Taninbaum, Milt Yaner, Andy Ferretti, Chris Griffin, Bobby Hackett, John Lausen, Red Solomon, George Arus, William Pritchard, William Rausch, Anthony Russo, Joseph Singer, Johnny Guarnieri, Bob Kitsis, Matty Golizio, Trigger Alpert, Johnny Blowers, Norris "Bunny" Shawker
A Swingin' Affair!
A Swingin' Affair! is the twelfth studio album by Frank Sinatra. It is sometimes mentioned as the sequel to Songs for Swingin' Lovers. "The Lady Is a Tramp" was bumped from the original album and replaced with "No One Ever Tells You", recorded months earlier. "The Lady is a Tramp" appeared on the soundtrack for Pal Joey. It was restored to the album for the compact disc release. "Night and Day" – 3:58 "I Wish I Were in Love Again" – 2:27 "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'" – 3:09 "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" – 2:23 "Nice Work If You Can Get It" – 2:20 "Stars Fell on Alabama" – 2:37 "No One Ever Tells You" – 3:23 "I Won't Dance" – 3:21 "The Lonesome Road" – 3:53 "At Long Last Love" – 2:23 "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" – 2:03 "I Got It Bad" – 3:21 "From This Moment On" – 3:50 "If I Had You" – 2:35 "Oh! Look at Me Now" – 2:48 CD reissue bonus track not included on the original 1957 release: "The Lady Is a Tramp" – 3:14 Frank Sinatra – vocals Nelson Riddle – arranger, conductorTracks 1, 9, 14, 16: 26-November-1956 - Hollywood.
Mickey Mangano, Harry Edison, Shorty Sherock, Ray Linn. Tracks 2, 4, 5, 10: Mickey Mangano, Conrad Gozzo, Harry Edison, Shorty Sherock. Tracks 3, 6, 8: Conrad Gozzo, Harry Edison, Mickey Mangano, Mannie Klein. Track 7: Ray Linn, Mannie Klein, Shorty Sherock, Harry Edison. Tracks 11, 12, 13, 15 Pete Candoli, Harry Edison, Shorty Sherock, Ray Linn.