Weekly Writing Prompt #44

Some of you already know my penchant for 50s crooners, especially ‘old blue eyes’ Frank Sinatra. Francis Albert Sinatra was born on this day in 1915, so of course, today’s soundtrack is heavy on the Sinatra croon. Though he wasn’t always the most stand up guy (four marriages, links to the Mafia etc.) you can’t deny his talent. So this week’s prompt is to celebrate Old Blue Eyes.

Maria Fernanda Gonzalez

Don’t forget the Sinatra Christmas tunes this time of year!

Weekly Writing Prompt #24

When the Harry James Band recorded 'From The Bottom Of My Heart' in New York on this day in 1939, the new vocalist was a skinny youngster called Frank Sinatra, cutting his first single. He was on a two-year contract and paid $75 a week. The song was a flop, selling just 8,000 copies. Thankfully undaunted, Sinatra didn't stop there and went on to become one of the biggest-selling recording artists ever, notching up sales of more than 150 million records worldwide. 

Despite his success as a recording artist and, to a lesser extent, a movie star (he won an Oscar for From Here to Eternity), Sinatra’s reputation will be forever tainted by his alleged connections to American gangsters. It has been said that John F. Kennedy's victory in the 1960 presidential election was swung by Sinatra. Under an alleged deal, the singer asked the mob to encourage their unionised workers to vote for the young Democrat. True or not, JFK's wafer-thin victory over Richard Nixon was with the crucial help of votes by union members.

Putting Sinatra's alleged shady past aside, I think today's soundtrack will include a little of his finest. As will this week's prompt. Enjoy!

Janis Skribans