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Ol' Blue Eyes : a Frank Sinatra encyclopedia
Mustazza, Leonard, 1952-
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
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xii, 436 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML420.S565 M9 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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This reference work details Frank Sinatra's extensive creative accomplishments and includes biographical information as it relates to his art. A valuable tool for researchers and fans, this book provides access to extensive data, collected from disparate sources, including the first published listing of Internet resources. The information is divided into three parts, each arranged alphabetically, and covers his music, film, radio, and television appearances, and his concerts and humanitarian contributions. A thorough bibliography provides important information on locating additional resources.

The only American performer to span seven decades of recording (1930s-1990s), Sinatra is regarded as an American icon. The wealth of information in this reference attests to Sinatra's well-earned reputation as an American musical legend. This reference aptly includes information not only about his creative endeavors but about his humanitarian efforts as well. Because Sinatra is recognized and admired for his musical talent, a large portion of this reference is devoted to his songs and recordings. The alphabetical arrangements of song entries includes information on the songs, record labels, arrangers, and recording dates. Three appendices at the end of the volume provide additional information about the recordings. The encyclopedia concludes with the many awards and honors bestowed upon Sinatra.

Author Notes

LEONARD MUSTAZZA is Associate Dean and Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State University, Abington College. He is the author of many scholarly articles and five books on popular culture and literature, including the critically acclaimed 1995 edition of The Frank Sinatra Reader.

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Library Journal Review

Compiled by American studies professor Mustazza (a coeditor of The Frank Sinatra Reader, LJ 11/15/95), this thorough chronicle of Sinatra's multifaceted career will be a treasure trove for cultural studies researchers and a popular reference for fans. The well-organized work opens with more than 150 pages offering recording history for hundreds of songs‘lyricists, arrangers, release dates, and circumstances of recording are included, though little analysis or critique appears. Shorter sections with detailed factual information on his albums, films, and radio and television work follow; there is even an annotated list of two-dozen Sinatra-related web sites. Though not annotated, the 20-page "selected bibliography" is especially useful. Sinatra's recent death spawned numerous quickie tribute books, but this comprehensive reference is, like the Chairman of the Board himself, of enduring value. Recommended for popular music collections in academic and large public libraries.‘Eric Bryant, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Mustazza (Penn State Univ., Ogontz Campus), coeditor of The Frank Sinatra Reader (1995), has put together this guide ("not intended to serve as a biographical work") to the recordings and appearances of Frank Sinatra. It lists alphabetically more than 1,500 recordings made over a period of seven decades, citing for each song writers, labels, dates of recordings, variations, and albums on which the song appears. The albums are listed chronologically in a separate chapter, giving label, year of release, producer, arranger, LP and CD numbers, awards, and songs. Three appendixes include (1) a list of studio cuts by recording date, WW II Victory Disc program recordings, and an alphabetical list of available CDs; (2) some 60 films listed alphabetically, giving year of release, studio, and key production personnel, TV and radio appearances arranged chronologically, and 24 Web sites devoted to or containing substantial information about Sinatra; (3) benefit performances and selected concert tours. A selected bibliography of books and articles from magazines and newspapers follows the appendixes, and the work ends with a detailed index. It brings together material not previously gathered in one volume. The annotations are brief but filled with useful detail and commentary. The work focuses on the music; among previous discographies, most notable is Richard Ackelson's Frank Sinatra: A Complete Recording History (1992), which Mustazza updates while sacrificing some detail. Valuable for all popular music collections. R. A. Aken; University of Kentucky