Long ago, before we moved the shop east to Papa John’s building, we moved a radio station library out of the WCCO building downtown. We never really finished organizing the collecting and integrating it into our shop before the move, and some things were tucked away in the new shop and forgotten.
One of them was a box with eighty albums in plastic sleeves – It is the entire run of a 1991 radio series hosted by Sid Marks featuring the music of Frank Sinatra. I recently found the box stored in an upper shelf of our office and have been listening to the two-hour programs while I work in the shop early mornings or late at night. They’re remarkably entertaining, often featuring songs I wouldn’t be able to find on an album (even though we probably have 20-30 various Sinatra records in stock at any given time).
I haven’t listened to them all yet and I’m guessing I won’t before somebody buys the collection now that I’ve put it out in the shop. I thought while it’s here I’d record half of an episode and share it with you.
Here is part of the episode for the weekend of June 13th and 14th 1991, according to the included format/cue sheet from Orange Productions. I accidentally recorded the first and third thirty-minute segments because each two LP set is split sides 1&3 / sides 2&4 just like double LP sets were in the sixties and seventies (think of your copy of Tommy). This was because people liked to put their albums on stacking changers back in the day, and in the case of Sounds of Sinatra it was likely any station that had purchased the program had two turntables in each booth. Anyways, my mistake provided a good random sampling of this eighty-hour collection of music.
“Mrs. Robinson” / “Me and my Shadow” / “Star”
“Goody Goody” / “Don’cha Go ‘Way Mad/Serenade in Blue” / “I Get a Kick Out of You”
“Strangers in the Night” / “My Way of Life” / Hal Blane Interview / “Rain in my Heart”
Frank Sinatra interview / “Soliloquy” / “Wandering”
If you listened through an hour of this program you probably got to the commercials, which are goofy even by classic radio ad standards. These people clearly knew their demographic, considering the advertisements for
What I really enjoy about the program is how the playlists work together – In the first segment above “Me and My Shadow” and “Star” are both linked together thematically (Chili’s Bar?), and in the second segment we are introduced to some of the drummers who worked on Sinatra’s records. I feel like I’m learning something about the Chairman of the Board every time I listen to one of these records.
The Sounds of Sinatra is still syndicated, though not here in the Twin Cities unfortunately. You can click on their name there to go to the official website and hear some more. I would enjoy this program if it had a late night slot somewhere in town.