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Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Original Bad-Boy Superstar Frank Sinatra

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One hundred years after his birth, the man is gone, but his miraculous voice remains. His legend looms just as large, and his eyes, twinkling at us from below the rim of a snappy fedora on the cover of any number of albums, are just as blue. “Few American vocalists have had the impact of Frank Sinatra on our pop culture,” said J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of Sinatra: Behind the Legend (Grand Central Publishing, 2015). “He’s of a time when great singers were America’s special pride. No one has ever come close to his ability to deliver a song and impart to the listener the full emotion of that tune.” Making his “debut” in 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, the…

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12 fascinating things about Judy Garland

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There’s a lot we don’t know about Judy Garland since she never wrote an autobiography, but Judy Garland on Judy Garland; Interviews and Encounters, edited by Randy L. Schmidt (Chicago Review Press, 2014) is the closest we’ll ever get to a Garland memoir. It’s a collection of terrific articles about Garland through the years—including gems she penned herself. In the book, a picture emerges that’s wholly different from the tragic myth that frustrated Judy herself. “People think I’m either a breakable Dresden doll or a wide-eyed Kansas teenager,” she said in 1963. “I haven’t been a teenager for a long time and if I were breakable, I wouldn’t be here now.” Indeed, we get to know a woman who was…

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