Sinatra Treasures: Intimate Photos, Mementos, and Music from the Sinatra Family Collection

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The first-ever collection from the archives of the legendary Chairman of the Board, filled with never-before-seen photos, letters, mementos, and more.

What is a legend? A legend is a man who, more than 65 years after stepping on stage for the first time, is still larger than life. A man who changed the way we wear our hats. A man possessed not of a voice, but The Voice. Frank Sinatra is a legend.

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The first-ever collection from the archives of the legendary Chairman of the Board, filled with never-before-seen photos, letters, mementos, and more.

What is a legend? A legend is a man who, more than 65 years after stepping on stage for the first time, is still larger than life. A man who changed the way we wear our hats. A man possessed not of a voice, but The Voice. Frank Sinatra is a legend.

Created in conjunction with the Frank Sinatra Estate, The Sinatra Treasures tells the story of Sinatra's life with rare and never-before-published quotes from those he loved and those he worked with--and from the Chairman of the Board himself. More than 200 black-and-white and full-color images from several Sinatra archives, as well as 30 removable facsimile reproductions of items, such as a script from one of his radio shows and a Sinatra family photo album, provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Sinatras world and talent. Also included is a new compilation CD of rare interviews, early radio appearances, and songs.

This celebration of the many elements of Frank Sinatra--as singer, as actor, as humanitarian, as friend--brings to life as never before the man who made the standards standard.

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If Frank Sinatra was the Chairman of the Board, this is the company vault. For the first time, the Frank Sinatra Estate has granted publishing access to the actor/singer's personal archives. For this book, longtime friend and Sinatra family archivist Charles Pignone has selected more than 200 black-and-white and full-color photographs. The Sinatra Treasures also contains dozens of removable facsimile reproductions of items linked the Hoboken crooner, including a piano score; telegrams and letters; even a 1944 radio program script. An even more spectacular find is the new compilation CD of rare interview appearances and songs.
Publishers Weekly
This marvelous paean to the chairman of the board comes from the person who is perhaps the ultimate source of Sinatra information-Pignone, archivist for the Sinatra family and the president of the Sinatra Society of America fan club, working in collaboration with the Sinatra family. Those seeking scandal and intrigue should look elsewhere, for this volume has been lovingly put together, like a family album. The 204 black-and-white and color photos (some familiar, most not) tell the story of Sinatra as friends, relatives, and fellow musicians and singers-from his children to professionals such as Sammy Kahn and Billy May-offer their memories. But what stands out are the many realistic and beautifully reproduced memorabilia tucked into sleeves throughout: e.g., a 1944 radio program script between Sinatra (known then as "The Voice") and comedian Bert Wheeler; a 1942 New York Giants baseball scorecard advertising a Sinatra performance with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra; telegrams and letters; the piano score to "My Way" (a song, Pignone explains, Sinatra disliked for its "self-indulgent, self-reverential lyrics"). Pignone also allows readers to see what Sinatra himself had to say on any given subject, with ample quotes throughout. Rounding out this extraordinarily rich and entertaining volume is a CD containing early live recordings, some songs (e.g., from the Frank Sinatra show in 1945) and talk, including a 1981 WNEW interview with Arlene Francis. (Oct.) Forecast: This smartly produced, nicely priced book will make a great gift-and prove to be the ultimate scrapbook-for Sinatra fans. With a 230,000 print-run, Bulfinch is banking on there being legions of fans; as Frank might have said, "Ring-a-Ding Ding!" Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616804176
  • Publisher: Bulfinch
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Pignone is the archivist for the Sinatra family. His duties include organizing and maintaining the enormous stores of photographs and memorabilia collected over the course of Sinatra's life as well as producing liner notes for several Sinatra albums. Pignone has been president of America's largest Sinatra fan club since 1984.

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The Sinatra Treasures

By Charles Pignone

Bulfinch Press

Copyright © 2004 Sheffield Enterprise, Inc./Bristol Productions, Limited Partnership
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-821-22837-4


FRANK SINATRA "You know, you can wait around and hope, but I'll tell you, you'll never see the likes of this again."

When Sinatra spoke these words in 1974's That's Entertainment, he was referring to a clip of Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell dancing across the screen in Broadway Melody of 3940. He might as easily have been talking about himself. Frank Sinatra defined the best of American popular music and was an integral part of the era that would produce the greatest body of music the civilized world has ever heard. As for those who had the good fortune to experience Sinatra performing live, they know how lucky they are. They witnessed, without question, the greatest entertainer of the twentieth century.

In today's environment of instant celebrity and superstars who burn out after five years, it is hard to fathom the full extent of Sinatra's fifty-plus-year career and the impact it had on generations of people across the world. This book attempts to impart a small slice of the Sinatra magic and history in its pages. Thanks to the Sinatra children (Nancy Jr., Frank Jr., and Tina) and their tireless and unending efforts to preserve and ensure their father's legacy, you now have access to priceless memorabilia, memories, and mementos from Sinatra's storied career.

In creating this book, the goal was simple to weave together the stories of Sinatra's life with memorabilia from the archives to create a collection of Sinatra's treasures. The major problem in searching the archives for mementos and photos was not what to include but what to leave out. If not for space limitations, this book could easily weigh upward of a thousand pounds! The pieces chosen will allow the reader to experience some of what it was like to be part of Sinatra's amazing life and career. Generations that never had the pleasure of witnessing that certain something that was Sinatra now have that chance, at least in part.

In writing the text it was crucial that we share what really happened as remembered by the people who were there. History has a way of being rewritten as the stories drift farther and farther from its players. Sadly, many of those who worked and played and lived alongside Frank Sinatra are no longer here to tell us what it was like. I feel privileged to have met many of the voices that grace these pages. Without them, the story could not be complete.

In 1993 those around Sinatra knew his performing days were drawing to a close. While we were aware he wouldn't be around forever, we consoled ourselves with the fact that his legacy would continue to entertain generations for years to come. In that same year, Sinatra said, "I consider myself among the luckiest people in the world to have been able to make a career out of what I love to do-interpret wonderful music."

Truth be told, we are the lucky ones. -Charles Pignone September 2003


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