Explaining The Appeal Of Frank ‘The Voice’ Sinatra

December 08, 2015 at 6:33 pm

“New York, New York.”

“Luck Be A Lady.”

“It Was A Very Good Year.”

You’re likely familiar with these hit Frank Sinatra songs even though they were recorded decades ago — maybe even before you were born. So to what does the 11-time Grammy Award-winning artist owe for this lasting legacy?

Music critic and Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis says its in his delivery.

“If there’s one thing I think of with Sinatra, it’s phrasing. I mean he never sings a line in a way that doesn’t really give it a personal touch,” DeCurtis said.

DeCurtis said Sinatra, who actually earned the nickname ‘The Voice,’ creates a sense of intimacy in his songs.

“He sings things almost the way you might say them,” he said.

Sinatra died in 1998. Dec. 12 marks his 100th birthday.

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