Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sinatra In The Studio


I always like to look at photographs of Frank Sinatra in the studio as they show the artist at work. This is a nice contrast with that kind of swaggering asshole persona he sometimes projected in films and on television.

For someone like me, who grew up in the 1970s and watched Sinatra on those Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, this is like seeing an altogether different person.

These photographs are all from the book The Sinatra Treasures: Intimate Photos, Mementos, and Music From The Sinatra Family which I found in the bargain bin at the bookstore yesterday.

(All photographs remain the property of the original rights holders.)

Quincy Jones and Frank Sinatra in the studio...


Quincy Jones, Count Basie, and Frank Sinatra with the sheet music of "Hello Dolly! on the rostrum...


The great songwriter Sammy Cahn watches Frank on a television program...


Frank at work on the Great Songs from Great Britain (1962) album with Brit conductor Robert Farnon and orchestra...


Two geniuses at work: Nelson Riddle and Frank Sinatra review arrangements...


Guitarist Al Viola and Frank model some hats and rehearse...


Not a studio shot but a reminder of lost glory: Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra on the set of High Society (1956)