A series of rare Frank Sinatra radio performances will be released in time for the anniversary of the iconic singer’s 100th birthday. Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings will unveil a 4-CD collection of archival releases, titled “Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air.” The collection will consist of Sinatra’s long-unheard radio broadcasts from 1935 to 1955, according to Rolling Stone on Tuesday.
December 12 will mark what would have been the 100th birthday for Ol’ Blue Eyes, so the release of the rare Frank Sinatra radio performances is a great way to kick off the centennial celebration. The collection marks the first official release of Sinatra’s radio performances from the era, and the broadcasts’ openings, closings, announcements and commercials are also preserved on the CD. The set will feature over 100 Sinatra tracks, including 91 previously unreleased live performances from the “Golden Age” of radio. The set includes Sinatra duets with Nat ‘King’ Cole, Benny Goodman, Doris Day and Peggy Lee.
The “New York, New York” singer’s 100th birthday will be commemorated in a variety of ways. In addition to the release of the Frank Sinatra radio performances, a stream of remembrances will launch ahead of the December 12 anniversary. There has already been several musical tributes, and several books about the icon will also be published, including the second part of James Kaplan’s acclaimed biography, “Sinatra: The Chairman.” An HBO documentary and CD boxed set have already been released, and the Hoboken Historical Museum will also host an exhibit on the city’s most famous native, according to the New York Times.
It sounds like 2015 is a very good year for Sinatra fans. The collection of Frank Sinatra radio performances, “Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955),” arrives in stores November 20.