Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twentieth century--infinitely charismatic, lionized and notorious in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. Now James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatra's humble beginning in Hoboken to his fall from grace and Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra--as man, as musician, as tortured genius.
The infamous census of the ages has made Bethlehem a busy and crowded spot, and there are some guests at a local inn who aren't very happy. F. W. Woolworth (a rich wool salesman), and Rock Starling (a hip star singer), among others, have made it clear they want no part of the "lower class" staying at the inn (or otherwise). By the end of this 20-minute, easy-to-prepare and present musical, we learn that Jesus came for everyone, and that because of Him, we're all included in God's Kingdom. For grades K--6.
No one was closer to Michael Jackson at the height of his creative powers than Bruce Swedien, the five-time Grammy winner who, with Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, formed the trio responsible for the sound of Jackson's records - records that topped the charts and shook the world. Friend, co-creator, and colleague, Bruce Swedien was a seasoned recording engineer-plucked from a job at legendary Universal Audio in Chicago - when he began working with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on the soundtrack to The Wiz, and he was the master technician who gave the records their sound as the trio progressed to Jackson's greatest triumphs, Off the Wall and the iconic, history-making Thriller, which revolutionized music and video and fixed Jackson in culture as the King of Pop. In the Studio with Michael Jackson is the chronicle of those times, when everything was about the music, the magic, and the amazing talent of a man who changed the face of pop music - and culture - forever. In his laid-back style, Bruce Swedien offers anecdotes about being part of Quincy Jones' extended "family" and reveals the technical details of creating Michael Jackson's biggest-selling albums, as well as Bad, Dangerous, and HIStory. Including over 100 photos, In the Studio with Michael Jackson provides an insider's look that will thrill anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of hit making and the history of some of America's most influential music.
This collection includes traditional carols as well as popular hits, Christmas tunes for younger folks and songs that bring a smile. Here are 60 of the very best songs written about the holiday season, for easy piano and voice, with lyrics and chord symbols included for optional guitar. Titles: The Christmas Song * I'll Be Home for Christmas * Jingle Bell Rock * Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town * Winter Wonderland * Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer * The Little Drummer Boy * Frosty the Snowman * All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth * Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer * and more.This title has received the iParenting Media award as one of the "Greatest Products of 2006."
Just in time for the Chairman's centennial, the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan's bestselling Frank: The Voice--which completes the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed the "Entertainer of the Century," deserves and requires. Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects: peerless singer, (sometimes) accomplished actor, business mogul, tireless lover, and associate of the powerful and infamous.
In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after he claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist. Sinatra's life post-Oscar was astonishing in scope and achievement and, occasionally, scandal, including immortal recordings almost too numerous to count, affairs ditto, many memorable films (and more than a few stinkers), Rat Pack hijinks that mesmerized the world with their air of masculine privilege, and an intimate involvement at the intersection of politics and organized crime that continues to shock and astound with its hubris. James Kaplan has orchestrated the wildly disparate aspects of Frank Sinatra's life and character into an American epic--a towering achievement in biography of a stature befitting its subject.
From the humble beginnings of Barbra Streisand's career in 1963 to full-fledged stardom in 1966, renowned Life magazine photographer Bill Eppridge had full access to the young singer. He photographed Streisand shopping in a thrift shop; trying on outfits in her apartment; and there's an appearance on the The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson--then live from New York. Eppridge documented Streisand meeting with producer David Merrick, who wanted her for the starring role in Broadway's Funny Girl, which catapulted her to celebrity status. By the time Eppridge caught up with Streisand in 1966, she was a star in full orbit. Funny Girl had just wrapped, CBS had signed her to star in three television specials, five of her albums had gone gold and one platinum, and she had received three Grammys and an Emmy. Eppridge photographed Streisand throughout her CBS rehearsals and recording sessions, then went to Paris where he covered her at fashion shows with Marlene Dietrich and Coco Chanel, and captured a Richard Avedon shoot of her for French Vogue. Eppridge's photographs are vivid, candid, and a truly intriguing and unprecedented look at the beginnings of Streisand's career--an intimate photo album by a master photographer of one of the most talented performers of our time.
Few artists have turned out as many powerhouse albums as Gloria Estefan. With her newest release, The Standards, she has managed to capture the essence of some of the most popular and timeless songs and transform them into entirely new experiences. Now pianists can explore the rich harmonies in each original arrangement as performed by the artist. Titles: Call Me Irresponsible * Embraceable You * Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar * For All We Know * Good Morning Heartache * How Long Has This Been Going On * I've Grown Accustomed to His Face * Sonr e * The Day You Say You Love Me * The Way You Look Tonight * They Can't Take That Away from Me * What a Difference a Day Makes * What a Wonderful World * You Made Me Love You * Young at Heart.