1. Frank Sinatra, Songs For Young Lovers (1955) Advertisement A bobbysoxer idol, Frank Sinatra became a ’40s icon, riding high on the adoration of young fans. Then the fans moved on. Sinatra worked steadily and unhappily through his down period, watching as his film work dried up, his radio shows fizzled, and Columbia music director Mitch Miller failed to get what made him Sinatra. Then Sinatra found his second act, appearing in From Here To Eternity, switching to Capitol, and hooking up with simpatico arranger Nelson Riddle to realize his musical ambitions. Everything that made Sinatra’s second-phase career so remarkable is evident on the mini-album Songs For Young Lovers, which follows through on the title’s theme, discards Sinatra-the-exuberant-kid, and reinvents him as Sinatra-the-unrivaled-song-interpreter: often sad, occasionally kicked-around, easily amused, and just a little distant. 2. Judy Garland, Judy At Carnegie Hall (1961) Advertisement Judy Garland spent the ’50s doing European concert tours and reinventing herself as a sophisticated recording artist in the Frank Sinatra mold, but by the end of the decade, bouts of exhaustion and a case of hepatitis threatened to end her career. Then, on April 23, 1961, Garland put on a show at Carnegie Hall, covering the… Read full this story
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