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Recorded by Sinatra

arr. Warren Barker

Recorded by Sinatra is a medley of five of Frank Sinatra's best known recordings: “High Hopes,” “Young At Heart,” “Love is the Tender Trap,” “Love and Marriage,” and “My Kind of Town.”

Sammy Kahn and James Van Heusen collaborated on the lyrics and music for all but the second number; that one was composed by Carolyn Leigh and Johnny Richards. Warren Barker arranged the music for band.

Francis Albert Sinatra (1915–1998) began his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey bands. He found suc- cess as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s and became an idol of the "bobby soxers." His professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, but was reenergized in 1953 when he won an Academy Award in From Here to Eternity . In subsequent decades he enjoyed recording success, toured widely, was a founding member of the Rat Pack, fraternized with celebrities and statesmen and performed widely using Las Vegas shows as a home base.

Sinatra was one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997, and eleven Grammy Awards.