January 18, 2006
Opening number to Sinatra: A Man and His Music
Frank Sinatra turned 50 in 1965. His publicity machine (publicists, promoters, etc.) made a huge deal out of this (if they'd known he'd go on for another thirty-three they might not have). It was as if, suddenly, he was an old man. He could no longer as convincingly pull off the image of the swingin' playboy. It didn't help that the Beatles had invaded the year before. The generation gap had become a grand canyon.
To emphasize this "event", the Sinatra product rolled out of the factory. He released the good, mid-period Reprise album September of My Years and made a TV special to coincide with his birthday called A Man and His Music. It aired on NBC the evening of November 24th. It was an Emmy award-winning show. Here's the opening number, which I think is pretty cool. If you ever saw the video for the Bono/Sinatra Duets version of "I've Got You Under My Skin", you've seen bits of it.