On This Day 66 Years Ago – Frank Sinatra Appears in the TV Film The Star-Spangled Revue

On 27th May 1950 Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on NBC in the TV Film Star-Spangled Review staring Bob Hope He went on to be one of the most successful and recognizable figures in music history!

1950 was a good year for Frank Sinatra: he was still married to the love of his life Ava Gardner and he made his first visit to the UK!

In July, Frank topped a variety bill at the London Palladium, two performances each night, with matinees twice a week. Also billed were Wilson, Keppel and Betty (the famous sand dancers), Maudie Edwards and the lugubrious comedian Max Wall. Music was provided by Woolf Phillips and the Skyrockets Orchestra. Sinatra performed over a dozen songs on the bill.

The same month, on Sunday 16th July, with music provided by Woolf Phillips and the Skyrockets, Sinatra performed a concert at The New Opera House Blackpool, with Ken Lane on piano. The Concert was produced and presented by Harold Fielding.

The British song London By Night was first recorded upon Sinatra’s return to the US later in 1950, for Columbia records, the arrangement by his most frequent arranger at Columbia Alex Stordahl and the same day he recorded If Only She’d Look My Way (Ivor Novello & Alan Melville). The record of both songs was a special release in the UK in early 1951.

You can read more about Sinatra through the ages in Sinatra Stories 1940s-1980s!

Frank Sinatra on the front cover of Metronome Magazine in November 1950!
Frank Sinatra on the front cover of Metronome Magazine in November 1950!

And five more years to go with the love of his life!

1955 --- 1955-Reconciled? -- Filmdom's Stevenson supporters got a pleasant surprise last night (Mon.) when Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, reported separated, appeared together for the first time in more than a week, at a mammoth Stevenson rally at the Palladium. They have apparently patched up their domestic difficulities and Sinatra sang, "When You're Smiling, the Whole World Smiles With You." Miss Gardner introduced "my husband" to the rally audience as "a wonderful, wonderful man." Photograph dated 1955. BPA 2# 1423 --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
1955-Reconciled? — Filmdom‘s Stevenson supporters got a pleasant surprise last night when Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, reported separated, appeared together for the first time in more than a week, at a mammoth Stevenson rally at the Palladium. They have apparently patched up their domestic difficulities and Sinatra sang, When You’re Smiling, the Whole World Smiles With You. Miss Gardner introduced my husband to the rally audience as a wonderful, wonderful man. Photograph dated 1955. BPA 2# 1423 — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

 

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