Ol' Blue Eyes still commands respect 

They’re words to live by: It’s Frank’s world — we just live in it.

Only a tone-deaf knucklehead would argue the point that Sinatra still rules. And his estate, Frank Sinatra Enterprises, wants to remind any of us who might have forgotten that with a June 7 50th anniversary reissue of his first Reprise album, “Ring-A-Ding-Ding.” And it features two bonus tracks, “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart” and a previously unreleased version of “Have You Met Miss Jones?”

Don’t think his Reprise period was his finest? We’ve got one word for ya: “Watertown.”

But we digress.

At the end of the ’50s, after a decade on Capitol, Sinatra was itching for some artistic freedom. So of course, he formed his own imprint, Reprise, where he could do whatever he wanted.

On 1961’s “Ring-A-Ding-Ding,” he employed writers like Sammy Cahn, James Van Heusen and, for arrangements, Johnny Mandel. And in new liner notes from Frank Sinatra Jr., each song — and the era itself — are bought to vivid life by his recollections. “As the new decade began, like Midas, everything Sinatra touched turned to gold,” his son writes.

True enough. For more information, visit www.sinatrafamily.com.

About The Author

Tom Lanham

Pin It

More by Tom Lanham

Latest in Pop Music & Jazz

© 2018 The San Francisco Examiner

Website powered by Foundation