presented by John Hasse, Curator of American Music, Smithsonian
Frank Sinatra was many things: husband, father, controversial celebrity, and acclaimed movie actor. But it’s his genius as a singer and interpreter of American popular song that has secured his place in history.
Sinatra stands as a giant in the musical world because of his deeply personal singing style. His gifts? A rich, appealing baritone; an unmistakable sound; smooth phrasing; crystalline diction; superior arrangements. And most of all, a towering gift of conveying the meaning of the songs’ words. He was the ultimate voice actor. . .of song.
In this presentation, Hasse draws on film clips and rare photographs to provide curatorial insight into Sinatra’s brilliant art. You’ll view footage of classic Sinatra: I’ve Got You Under My Skin, My Kind of Town, My Way, One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), and others.
One of the best singers in known history, Sinatra’s art has been called America’s finest body of recorded song—his recordings are, in fact, a national treasure.