It'll be a very good month
TW units to fete Sinatra in MayTen years after his death, several Time Warner entities are banding together for a monthlong tribute to Frank Sinatra in May.
Warner Music Group's Reprise Records will release "Nothing but the Best," a single disc that will feature 22 songs remixed and remastered from the original master tapes, as well as a previously unreleased arrangement of "Body and Soul."
The compilation will be available at traditional retail as well as at FrankSinatra.com and at U.S. post offices, where Sinatra will be featured on a stamp starting May 13. A limited number of the CDs will include a stamp.
Meanwhile, Turner Classic Movies will air several of Sinatra's films with special introductions by his daughters Nancy and Tina Sinatra and son Frank Sinatra Jr. The lineup includes 1953's "From Here to Eternity," for which Sinatra won the Academy Award for best supporting actor; 1957's "Pal Joey"; 1949's "On the Town"; and 1945's "Anchors Aweigh."
TCM also will rerun four television specials focusing on Ol' Blue Eyes, including 1965's "Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music" and the 1967 follow-up "Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim" with Ella Fitzgerald and Brazilian songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Warner Home Video will release 22 Sinatra films during the month, including a five-disc collection called "Frank Sinatra: The Golden Years," with "The Tender Trap," "Some Came Running," "None but the Brave," "Marriage on the Rocks" and "The Man With the Golden Arm."
Ann Donahue is senior editor at Billboard.