The Count Basie Orchestra has been responsible for the sound behind some of the world’s greatest vocalists, including the one-and-only, Frank Sinatra. It was during his teenage years that Sinatra started singing professionally despite learning music by ear and never actually learning how to read it. The legendary singer began his musical career in the Swing era and found extraordinary success as a solo artist in the 1940s. Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey and his band in 1939 and in his first year with the band produced more than 40 songs, including ‘I’ll Never Smile Again’ which topped the charts for 12 weeks.
It wasn’t all fun and games for Sinatra and during World War II various rumours went around as to why he didn’t serve in the war such as paying his way out to avoid it. He was also criticized for staying home, making money and being photographed surrounded by beautiful women.
Despite a rocky patch his career jumped to the next level in the 1950s when he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the drama ‘From Here to Eternity’. In the late 50s he signed with another record label, working with the most exceptional composers of the time including Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins and Billy May and in 1959 his hit single ‘High Hopes’ remained on the Hot 100 Chart for 17 weeks.
It was in 1962 that Sinatra combined his talent with the Count Basie Orchestra for the recording of Sinatra-Basie. Due to its popularity Sinatra and Count Basie joined again in 1964 and recorded, ‘It Might as Well Be Swing.’
With a career in music and show business spanning seven decades, Frank Sinatra is an American and world idol.
You now have the chance to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime performance of a band who has supported such an incredible talent. Performances are strictly limited so don’t miss out on this unbelievable opportunity.
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