Frank Sinatra invented modern pop song phrasing!
Frank Sinatra was an iconic American jazz-oriented popular singer and academy award winning actor.
He made many tunes famous such as ‘My Way’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ and ‘New York, New York’.
Frank’s legacy might best be summed up by Stephen Holden who wrote for the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide: “Frank Sinatra’s voice is pop music history. Like Presley and Dylan – Sinatra will last indefinitely. He virtually invented modern pop song phrasing.”
Playing jazz standards
‘The Great American Songbook’ is packed with jazz standards or songs like Angel Eyes. Songwriting from this era can have very complex chord progressions that are not found in many of today’s contemporary hits.
The serious songwriter should study these type of compositions carefully.
Mainly intended for piano, the guitarist can learn a lot from adopting such compositions to their own instrument.
From a vocal point of view, the recordings that have become jazz standards are ‘a must’ to learn, especially if Frank Sinatra recorded them!