Just a popular culture update this Friday, with manufacturing themes supplanted by birthday wishes.
Not everyone can make it to the White House like Paul McCartney did to receive his Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, but as a credible fallback, there’s always the White House Theatre in Branson, Mo. So here’s a medley from the American Songbook performed by Frank Stallone in 2005.
Happy 60th birthday, Frank! We’re not sure what Brecht-Weill (“Mack the Knife”) is doing in the American Songbook, and why in Branson, all of places, would they spell it “Theatre.” Still, you’re a pro.
Frank was the first male singer of his generation to switch from pop music to the American Songbook, in the tradition of Sinatra, Darin and Bennett, leading the way for other singers such as Harry Connick, Jr., Rod Stewart, Brian Setzer and Michael Buble. Frank has been touted for his music by such legends as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and four-time Oscar winner-songwriter Sammy Cahn.
Stallone’s to blame for what happened to Rod Stewart? That’s too bad.
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