Frank Sinatra sang on television frequently, hosting a variety of specials and series. But when he strutted through the empty hallways of NBC studios, took a stool next to a lonely microphone, and belted out the opening lines to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” it was a TV revelation. Here was the mature, confident, and, at times, even swaggering, saloon singer and balladeer in a solo showcase: quite literally Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music. Vocally, Sinatra is in excellent form—clear and bold, with the dexterity of his 1950s recordings now colored by phrasing at once thoughtful and seemingly spontaneous—and the combination of top-notch arrangements and impeccably chosen material makes this special Sinatra’s finest televised hour.
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