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Frank Sinatra: An American Success Story

Richard M. Salsman

Presented at: Lyceum 1999

Date: Jul 14, 1999

Singer-actor Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was the most prolific and accomplished popular entertainer of the 20th century. In numerous ways he was an originator who brought artistic depth and vitality to the great standards of American popular music and to the silver screen. In recording over a thousand songs across a fifty year career, he appealed to all generations. What made his success possible and so enduring? What were his aesthetic achievements? Did his foibles affect his art? By the integrated use of lecture as well as audio and video samples of Sinatra's work, this presentation offers an informative and entertaining look at the career of an inspirational American legend.



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