I was invited to double Grammy-winner Jack Jones’ “Seriously Frank” Album Launch VIP/ Media Party to preview his new CD. It was time to remember early Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack and the stars of that era.
Jack Jones’ stellar career included singing, appearing in films and on television, hosting an internationally syndicated TV variety show and guest performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House and other royal appearances.
Jack Jones knew Frank Sinatra while they were both busy involved in their own careers. We listened to 13 songs and especially to Jack’s comments about his personal reminiscences as Frank’s friend. This is a celebration of 100 years of Frank Sinatra. The “Seriously Frank” album is filled with classic favorites “Teach Me Tonight,” “For Once in My Life,” “The Best is Yet To Come,” “That’s Life,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “When the World Was Young,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “All or Nothing at All,” “Please be Kind,” “The Singer,” “Drinking Again,” “I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry” and “Only the Lonely.”
“Seriously Frank” is backed by a 22-piece orchestra, conducted and arranged by Patrick Williams. His 2015 Tribute to Frank Sinatra tour will continue to the U.K. in 2016. I will be looking forward to seeing him appear in Las Vegas.
At 77, Jack doesn’t expect to sing these songs the way Frank Sinatra did as a young man yet these are Sinatra’s saloon songs so he would act the part. Jack Jones recorded over 50 albums (17 charted Billboard’s Top 20) among his classic songs are “Love Boat” and “Love with a Proper Stranger” (Theme song). Jack began a show biz career in his father’s act at the Thunderbird Hotel, in Las Vegas when he was 19 years old.
He decided to devote his time to being an entertainer. Later Jack prepared a demo for songwriter Don Raye which was picked up by Capitol Records landing him singles and an album. Frank Sinatra nominated Grammy award-winning Jack Jones as “one of the major singers of our time.” With sold-out world tours and fifty recorded albums, Jack Jones’ talent has sparkled throughout the years, recognized by the public and many of his fellow stars including Mel Tome and composers Sammy Cahn and Michel Legrand.
Jack Jones latest CD — Tribute to Frank Sinatra, “Seriously Frank.” Multi-Grammy Award winner Jack Jones Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Jack Jones (Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls) with Frank Gorshin. The informal, intimate setting for the preview party included a small stage in the Bootlegger Bistro’s Casa Di Copa banquet room. Celebrities filled the room with time to mix and enjoy the buffet.
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