Sunday, May 11, 2008

Ol' Blue Eyes is staging a comeback

A new era is beginning in the career of Frank Sinatra even if the Chairman of the Board isn't here to participate.

The iconic singer died May 14, 1998, and the 10th anniversary is being marked with a flurry of activity, including a new U.S. postage stamp with his likeness, lavish new CD and DVD collections, a major revival of his films on television and high-profile media appearances by his children.

This month, Sinatra's voice will be everywhere and his legacy difficult to ignore. Turner Classic Movies will be airing about four dozen Sinatra films this month on Wednesdays and Sundays. Warner Home Video has four new lavish DVD collections headed to stores with 17 Sinatra films in all.

Nancy Sinatra said that the voice of her father has never really gone away and that the fascination with it represents curiosity about the American journey. It's all there, she said: showbiz and politics, fame and heartbreak, talent and style. "His life was the story of the 20th century," she said. "He went from megaphones to fiber optics, and he was the biggest star all the way. No one else has done that."

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