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Ring-A-Ding-Ding! (50th Anniversary Edition)

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As the first album for Frank Sinatra’s own record label, Reprise, Ring-a-Ding-Ding! races out of the gate with Johnny Mandel’s enthusiastic arrangements paying tribute to Nelson Riddle and Billy May without losing their own singularity. This wildly upbeat affair reflects Sinatra’s independence and the comforts of the Rat Pack’s heyday. True to form, Sinatra relies on the best songwriters. Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern are here, as well as Sinatra’s personal writers Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen on the title cut. The bonus track “Have You Met Miss Jones” features an inside look at a recording session.

Biography

Born: December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Frank Sinatra was arguably the most important popular music figure of the 20th century, his only real rivals for the title being Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. In a professional career that lasted 60 years, he demonstrated a remarkable ability to maintain his appeal and pursue his musical goals despite often countervailing trends. He came to the fore during the swing era of the 1930s and '40s, helped to define the "sing era" of the '40s and '50s, and continued to attract listeners during...
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