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GRAMMYs Frank Sinatra 100 Year Celebration

Written by Ken Murdock

Frank Sinatra was more than a crooner singer. He created a lifestyle. Blue Eyes may have been the first star to create an entourage. The Rat Pack were his closest friend in entertainment and they can be attributed to the popularity of Las Vegas adolescent years. His countless hits can still be heard by drunken fans doing Karaoke (Guilty Here), in commercials, tv, and movies. He celebrated life, like everyday was something to be celebrated, with a drink in hand and on what would have been his 100 Year Birthday the GRAMMYs carried on his celebration with a Star Studded concert in his honor.

“All The Way” – Celine Dion: Celine is no doubt a celebrated industry elite with an amazing voice, but this song fell flat to me and didn’t seem to capture the essence of the song.
“The Best Is Yet To Come” – Adam Levine: I always knew Levine was talented, but his version of this song really surprised me. He sounded great doing this swinging song.
“I’ll Be Seeing You” – Trisha Yearwood: Trisha has such a wonderful voice and her softness emoting through this song took it to another level.
“In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” – Nick Jonas: Always loved this song personally and Nick sang it beautifully.
“I’ve Got A Crush On You” – Alicia Keys: I’ve got a crush on Alicia and she crushed this song. It was as beautifully sung as she is on the eyes.
“I’ve Got The World On A String” – Tony Bennett: Any time you get to hear Tony Bennett sing is a good day and great to see him honoring his old friend.
“The Lady Is A Tramp” – Garth Brooks: Garth Brooks is one of the top selling singers of all time with Frank Sinatra and this country boy can swing with the best of them. This was awesome.
“Luck Be A Lady” – Harry Connick, Jr.: Luck be all of us tonight because Harry Connick, Jr. is singing a Sinatra favorite of mine and it was wonderful.
Medley: “Change Partners,” “One Note Samba,” “The Girl From Ipanema” – Juanes: Gotta love a good medley of songs by Sinatra. Didn’t know who Juanes was but this was very good.
Medley: “Come Fly With Me,” “Bewitched,” “Stars Fell On Alabama,” “Learning The Blues” – Zac Brown, Seth MacFarlane, Carrie Underwood: This may not seem like a likely pairing of 2 country singers and an animation creator, but trust me this works. Zac and Carrie can sing anything and if you didn’t already know Seth MacFarlane loves old swing music. He put out his own album of covers in 2015 that is pretty good.
Medley: “Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week),” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “My Kind Of Town,” “You And Me (We Wanted It All)” – Harry Connick, Jr., John Legend, Adam Levine, Katharine McPhee: This just isn’t even fair to the ears. All this amazing talent singing such great song. So so so good.
“My Funny Valentine” – Sam Smith: His rise to stardom is no accident as Sam Smith shows his talent doing Sinatra. This was a really great version.
“One For My Baby” – Seth MacFarlane: I’m telling you Seth can sing. You can tell he really relates to the crooner way of life.
“Someone To Watch Over Me” – Carrie Underwood: Carrie has one of the prettiest and powerful voices in the industry and I would listen to her sing a phone book.
“Somethin’ Stupid” – Harry Connick, Jr. and Nancy Sinatra: Talent doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Sinatra family and Nancy sounds great with Harry.
“That’s Life” – Usher: This is another favorite Sinatra song of mine and Usher delivers with class.
“Theme From New York, New York” – Lady Gaga: Lady Gaga fresh off touring with Tony Bennett has her swing in full motion capturing the Frank Sinatra in her own way. This was pretty cool to watch.
“The Way You Look Tonight” – Zac Brown: I love Zac Brown Band and have been begging them on twitter to put out an entire Jazz album and if you saw this performance then you know why. He is so good.
“Young At Heart” – John Legend: Don’t we all want to stay young at heart like Sinatra did. Another fantastic performance by Legend.

In close partnership with the Sinatra family, “Sinatra 100 — An All-Star GRAMMY Concert” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer, Lou Horvitz   is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are writers. Music director is Don Was.

This was a spectacular production and very entertaining tv. Frank Sinatra is a timeless artist and it was a special evening seeing these modern day legends perform this legendary man’s most popular tunes. Frank Sinatra was an 11 time Grammy Winner.


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