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10th May 1969, Frank Sinatra’s version of ‘My Way’ made the British Top ten for the first time. Over the next three years it re-entered the Top 50 singles chart on eight different occasions. Paul Anka re-wrote the original French song for Sinatra, after he told Anka he was quitting the music business. Anka changed […]

14th May 1998, American singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles aged 82, after suffering a heart attack. Sinatra had his first hit in 1940, working in the Swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the […]

Frank Zappa released (technically for the second time) his debut solo album “Lumpy Gravy” on May 13, 1968. The album was briefly released on August 7, 1967, by Capitol Records in the 4-track Stereo-Pak format only and then withdrawn due to a lawsuit from MGM Records. MGM Records claimed that the album violated Zappa’s contract […]

13th April 1967, Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, (making them the only father and daughter to have a UK No.1 single as a team). The song was written by folk singer C. Carson Parks and originally recorded in 1966 by Parks and his wife Gaile […]

‘On April 12, 1968, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention performed at a New York dinner for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences dinner. Zappa called the event “a load of pompous hokum” and yells from the stage: “All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you’re […]

Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention released the live LP “Just Another Band from L.A” on March 26, 1972. The record was recorded live on August 7, 1971 in Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. A notable inclusion on this album is “Billy the Mountain”, Zappa’s long, narrative parody of […]

5th March 1956, Frank Sinatra released his tenth studio album Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (the first album ever to top the UK Albums Chart). Sinatra aficionados often rank it his best album and many music critics consider it one of the greatest albums of its era. The original cover had Sinatra facing away from the […]

Frank Zappa released his classic LP “Sheik Yerbouti” on March 3, 1979. It was a live double album with studio elements made up of material recorded in 1977 and 1978. It was first released on Zappa Records. Sheik Yerbouti represented a major turning point in Zappa’s career. The first album to be released on his […]

The former drummer for Frank Zappa and Missing Persons Terry Bozzio turns 67 years old today. He recorded and toured with Frank Zappa beginning in 1975, and appeared, also as a vocalist, on a number of Zappa’s most successful albums, including Zoot Allures, Zappa in New York, Sheik Yerbouti and Thing-Fish, and in the concert […]

Frank Zappa would have been celebrating his 77th birthday today. Frank was unusual. Frank was strange. Frank’s music inspired a generation and he is still gaining fan to this day. Frank lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 4, 1993. Is there one thing in particular that Frank did that is your personal favorite? Happy […]


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