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Frank and Ella

Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:12 pm

Marvellous performances from two of the most marvellous singers ever . . . ... re=related ... re=related ... re=related ... re=related ... re=related

Re: Frank and Ella

Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:46 pm

That last clip was from 1990 - with Sinatra being 75 and Ella 73 or 74 (depending on which date of birth you believe!). I've never seen it before, but it was apparantly a 75th birthday event for Sinatra which Ella hosted. I've just read that they had three encores of the song before they were allowed to leave.

The Sinatra + Ella + Jobim TV special from 1967 (the middle two clips) is in my eyes the highest quality music special TV has ever seen.

Re: Frank and Ella

Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:17 pm

The performance of Frank and Ella from 1990 was used as part of the superb Sinatra 75th birthday special, The Best is Yet to Come, but was recorded at The Beverly Hilton on December 3, 1990 as part of a gala event by the Society of Singers, at which Frank was honoured with the Ella Award. The wonderful orchestra was conducted by Henry Mancini, no less . . . The Best is Yet to Come was broadcast on December 16th.

The Best is Yet to come boasted a rare wealth of contributers, from Roger Moore, who opened the show, to Sidney Poitier, Dudley Moore, Luciano Pavarotti, Gene Kelly, Kenny Rogers, Sean Connery, Dean Martin, Mel Gibson, Evander Holyfield, Tom Selleck, Mel Gibson, Whitney Houston, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Bacon, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Smokey Robinson, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Jill St. John, Bruce Willis, Danny DeVito, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Robert Wagner, Hulk Hogan, George Burns, Peggy Lee, Quincy Jones and quite a few others . . . . Parts of the show featured performances from some of the above, vintage clips featuring some of the above along with clips of Sinatra's acting and vintage interviews. An up-to-date was an interview conducted at Sintra's home for this special, plus clips from Sinatra's December 12th, 1990 concert at The Meadowlands in New Jersey, during which Liza Minnelli is asked onto the stage, where she and Frank performed a spectacular duet of New York, New York . . .