The big band era brought us stellar jazz singers like Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Nat King Cole started out as a jazz pianist with his own trio. He was quite popular through WW II. In 1943 Nat King Cole recorded his first mainstream hit, “Straighten Up and Fly Right” for then then new Columbia Records. This song sold 500,000 copies. Nat broadened out to include the new media of radio and television.
Frank Sinatra has been a perennial singer in America since 1943. He started out as a the recording idol of the “bobby soxers” generation. His discography is a major component of the great American songbook of the post WW II era. Sintra continued to sing and was a major artist through 1998. He was a major figure in the Las Vegas “Rat Pack” bunch.
Join Melanie, Dick, Sonny and Kathleen from 10am – 6pm on Saturday Jan 27th to listen to the stories of the Boys in the Band.