To launch Radio 2's season of Sinatra programmes, marking the 100th anniversary of the Kid from Hoboken, this 'concert' showcases the unique style of probably the greatest singing performer of all time.
Frank Sinatra - The Dream Concert is a concert that never actually took place - though we wish it had and that we had been there. Compiled from recordings of some of his best live performances with the great musicians of the day, here are his classic songs from Witchcraft to My Way. This is Sinatra at his best - live.
Barry Manilow (no stranger to the world's biggest stages) guides us through this unique experience of artistry in music and sketches-in some of the background to Sinatra on the road.
With the cream of performances from New York, New Jersey, Dallas, Detroit, Japan and of course Las Vegas, the city he made his own and where he performed many hundreds of times at The Sands, Caesars Palace and The Golden Nugget, Sinatra was always accompanied by the finest musicians, including Count Basie and his Orchestra, Woody Herman and his long-time pianist and conductor Bill Miller.
Sinatra performed live around 2000 times not just at home but also around the world in South America, Scandinavia, Europe and even Iran and of course here in the UK with about 100 concerts.
Of the thousands of performances he gave, few were captured on record (or on film) so we have made one specially for Radio 2 listeners - and it is longer and better than anything ever previously released. It is a unique performance for all singers and fans to sit back and relish.
Simply this is Sinatra at his best - live!