An Artist Grows Into His Talent: Revisiting Sinatra's Radio Years

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Frank Sinatra in 1947, during a Songs by Sinatra radio broadcast at CBS Radio in New York City.

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Nancy Sinatra has said some of her best childhood memories are of listening to her father over the air. His radio shows, from the beginning of his career through the 1950s, brought him home in her mind while he was away singing in clubs and ballrooms. For the rest of the nation, however, those broadcasts went beyond sentimental: They’re what made Frank Sinatra a star.

In honor of Sinatra’s 100th birthday next month, those rare radio appearances are now out in a box set titled Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955). NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg spoke with the set’s producer to find out what it reveals about an artist growing into his talent — beginning with the days well before the screaming teenagers and the buttercream voice. Hear her report at the audio link.

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Paul Walker — Death Vigil Grows … Hundreds of People Visit Fatal Crash Scene

1202-paul-walker-tribute-PCN-02Paul Walker fans have been heading to Valencia, CA in droves … building out a massive vigil for the actor on the spot where he died.

Fans began to gather literally hours after the fatal crash on Saturday evening … and by Sunday night, the memorial had grown exponentially … with hundreds of flowers, candles, photos trinkets and letters.

As we previously reported, Walker’s “Fast and the Furious” co-star Tyrese Gibson visited the crash scene yesterday … and broke down crying when he arrived.


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