16/7/2014 1:52 am  #1


DONALD CLARKE ON BING'S INFLUENCE ON FRANK SINATRA

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I recently published in my blog, The Vintage Bandstand, the first in a series of interviews with author Donald Clarke, who wrote a biography of Frank Sinatra entitled All or Nothing at All. In this installment of the interview, Mr. Clarke discusses Bing's influence on Young Blue Eyes, among other things. If you're interested in reading it, you can find it here:

http://vintagebandstand.blogspot.com/2014/07/conversations-with-donald-clarke-i.html

I hope you all find it interesting! 

Anton G.-F.
Martin, TN, USA.

 

21/7/2014 11:17 am  #2


Re: DONALD CLARKE ON BING'S INFLUENCE ON FRANK SINATRA

Anton
A very interesting item. Thank you.
And fascinating that Bing apparently advised Sinatra not to rely too heavily on one arranger. It is not clear when this might have been - presumably such advice is most likely to have been fairly early on in the career of Frank.  (I can't imagine that even Bing would have been proffering such advice to Frank after Frank had made his big break through).

Might there be an implication possibly that Bing regretted too heavy a reliance on JST? 

 

 

25/7/2014 6:48 am  #3


Re: DONALD CLARKE ON BING'S INFLUENCE ON FRANK SINATRA

Thanks for your informative contribution Anton and it was good to hear Holiday's recording of 'This year's kisses'.

 

14/6/2024 9:24 pm  #4


Re: DONALD CLARKE ON BING'S INFLUENCE ON FRANK SINATRA

While John Scott Trotter did some fantastic arrangements for BING example "Mexicali Rose" was one of JST'S best arrangements for Crosby, His Arrangements of two Cole Porter Songs for Crosby "Night And Day" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" pale in comparison wit Nelson Riddle's for Frank Sinatra which is probably two of the reasons why Sinatra's records are still being constantly reissued more than Bing's also some of Trotters other arrangements for Bing haven't aged as Riddle's for Sinatra.

 

14/6/2024 9:27 pm  #5


Re: DONALD CLARKE ON BING'S INFLUENCE ON FRANK SINATRA

Meant to say Trotters arrangements haven't aged as well as Riddle's for Sinatra.

 

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