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TELEVISION SPECIALS I
I - II

NOTE:  Warner Brothers has been especially diligent about releasing Frank's many TV specials and concerts onto DVD, although they are bare-bones releases, with no extra features to speak of, and most of them run less than an hour, there is still much good to be found on Frank's many appearances during the 1960s and 70s.  Also, other DVDs featuring Frank, from his historic meetings with Elvis and Ella, to Christmastime with Bing Crosby have found their way to the marketplace, hopefully this guide will help you decide what's worth seeing.


The Frank Sinatra Show: "High Hopes"
Special Guest Stars: Bing Crosby and Dean Martin; with Mitzi Gaynor, Jimmy Durante, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra (1957)

Music Video Distribution;
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005,
60 min.

 
High Hopes -  Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby with Frank Sinatra
Day In and Day Out - Frank Sinatra
Timex Promotional Segment
Together - Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin
Hurricane - Mitzi Gaynor
Talk to Me - Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor
Dancing Cheek to Cheek - Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor, Bing Crosby
Timex Promotional Segment
Wrap Up Your Troubles in Dreams - Dean Martin
Give Us The Old Songs (Medley) - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Bing Crosby
Old Man River - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Bing Crosby
High Hopes - Frank Sinatra & Kids
Timex Promotional Segment
It Was Just One of Those Things - Frank SInatra
Angel Eyes - Frank SInatra
The Lady is a Tramp - Frank SInatra
Medley - Start Each Day With A Song/Ink A Doo/So Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin with Jimmy Durante

REVIEW:  
The earliest commerically-released television program of Frank's is this October 19, 1957 Timex-sponsored program which featured a powerhouse quartet of performers in the form of sparkly Mitzi Gaynor, swoozy Dean Martin, and legendary Bing Crosby, to say nothing of Frank Sinatra, who's in his prime at this time.  Moments from this DVD have circulated on various compilations for years now, so it's nice to have the entire program on disc, including the sponsor shots, which were performed "live" - as was the entire program.  Dean and Mitzi both get chances to shine in solo and group spots, with Mitzi doing a wonderfully rhythic dance number in "Hurricane" and Dean putting in a shameless promotion for his restaurant during "Wrap Up Your Troubles In Dreams."   Frank has many solo moments, from the discotech lighting on "Day In and Day Out" to the small jazz combo set that winds down the program at the end.  Strangely, Bing doesn't get any solo time, being confined to group numbers, most of which are novelty tunes paring him with the others, and being ribbed for his age.  Frank is truly in his prime here, with phrasing which comes dangerously close to being lazy, and a screen presence which presages his Rat Pack days, careless, occasionally brilliant, but with a detachment that doesn't quite connect with the TV cameras.  I wish I could say that this print is a vast improvement over previous clips, but despite being "remastered" from original sources, the picture and sound are far below modern standards, with lots of video artifacts finding their way into the print, and despite the DVD packaging trumpeting 5.1 surround sound, you get nothing more than a very hissy mono mix, no fidelity at all.  Still, unless somebody decides to do a very expensive and time-consuming full resoration of the material, this is the best this print is going to look and sound, and you may find it a worthwhile purchase to see these incredible performers hoofing it in the golden age of television.

The Frank Sinatra Show: Sinatra's Christmas Show (aka Happy Holidays With Frank and Bing) (December 20, 1957)
Hart Sharp Video LLC; 
DVD Released July 20, 2004, 
60 min.


 

Songs include:
Mistletoe And Holly - Sinatra
Jingle Bells - Sinatra & Crosby
Happy Holidays - Sinatra & Crosby

Medley:
     It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
     Away In A Manger
     O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Sinatra 

Medley:
     Deck The Halls
     God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
     Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
     Adeste Fidelis - Sinatra, Crosby & Chorus

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Sinatra

Medley:
     The Christmas Song
     White Christmas - Sinatra & Crosby


REVIEW:  
Chronologically, this is the tenth program that was broadcast as part of the Timex-sponsored The Frank Sinatra Show, and it's also the only one which was taped in color.  In the thirty-minute segement that follows the show, Nancy claims that she found the segments, and though the film stock is not prisitine quality, with some of the colors shifted, this brief holiday show certainly make for interesting watching for those who love these entertainers.  Taking the conceit that Frank has invited Bing over to his house to celebrate the holidays, these two trade off on singing Christmas songs, and Bing easily comes off the winner between the two, radiating a homey warmth and charm that outstrips Frank's more studied demeanor.  After this initial segment, there is a somewhat laughable skit where the two supposedly go Christmas caroling, but the obvious set pieces and ill-placed camera shots make it look more amateurish than I'm sure was intended.  But I still enjoy hearing Frank sing Christmas hymns like "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear", "Away In A Manger" and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" so reverently (won't find that on TV today!), or to have the two join with the all-too-obvious show chorus in a second medley which finishes with a bombastic "Adeste Fidelis".  Thankfully, the carolling segment ends and the two old friends return to the original set piece, where Frank goes through the motions of "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" and a final, brief medley, in which the show finishes with Crosby's smash hit single "White Christmas".  The bonus features following the program include an interview with Sinatra's daughters Tina and Nancy discussing the creation of the show, as well as some joint public service announcements by Frank and Bing; as well as several photographs of Christmas cards which Frank designed.  The colors, though softened and occasionally grainy, are still rich, and the sound, which has been remixed into Dolby 5.1 is very good indeed.  Worth getting for fine 50s nostalgia.


The Frank Sinatra Show: An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra (December 13, 1959) Quantum Leap;
DVD Released November 16, 2004,
50 min.

 
Songs include:
You're Invited to Spend the Afternoon - Sinatra 
I've Got the World on a String - Sinatra 
Lazy Afternoon - Hi-Lo's 
It's Alright with Me - Sinatra 
Don't Fence Me In - Sinatra & Prowse 
Too Darn Hot - Prowse 
Here's That Rainy Day - Sinatra & Norvo 
Love is Here to Stay - Sinatra 
Too Marvelous for Words - Sinatra 
I'll Never Smile Again - Sinatra & Hi-Lo's 
There's a Lull in My Life - Fitzgerald 
Just You, Just Me - Fitzgerald 
How High the Moon - Sinatra & Fitzgerald 
Can't We Be Friends - Sinatra & Fitzgerald 
Comes to Love, Nothing Can Be Done - Gingold & Lawford 
Puttin' on the Ritz - Lawford, Gingold & Prowse 
Love is Sweeping the Country/Gershwin Medley - Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Lawford, Prowse & Gingold

REVIEW:  An unfortunately poor-quality release of one of Sinatra's most sought-after shows, with Frank hosting what was supposed to be an open air event in Palm Springs, but when the show was rained out, it was quickly relocated indoors with makeshift sets.  Guests for this hour-long special, sponsored by Timex, included Juliet Prowse, whom Sinatra was appearing with in Can-Can, and romantically involved with at the time; Red Norvo and his Jazz combo, The Hi-Lo's, Peter Lawford, and comedienne Hermione Gingold.  This was the second show of the second season, and after having done half-hour shows for most of the first season, the producers sought to boost the flagging ratings and create sixty-minute "event" shows.  Its a great lineup, with Sinatra given ample backup by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and bouncing through great Capitol era-hits like "I've Got The World On A String", "Love Is Here To Stay" and "Too Marvelous For Words", while Sinatra gets loose and free with Red Norvo on "Here's That Rainy Day" (Frank the butt of repeated ribbing by the cast thorughout the show for filming in 'sunny' Palm Springs).  Frank also looks back to his Dorsey days by singing "I'll Never Smile Again" with the Hi-Lo's in a wiser, more mature performance than he gave in the 40s.  Ella Fitzgerald is in top form here, singing "There's A Lull In My Life" and "Just You, Just Me" with her customary aplomb, singing with a brightness and ease that is nicely complimented by Frank's darker tones in their two duets: "Can't We Be Friends" and "How High The Moon".  Lesser lights Juliet Prowse and Peter Lawford get to sing as well, though neither of thier numbers is comparable to Frank & Ella, and the whole gang gets together at the end for an extended medley of Gerswin tunes, pinned by Strike Up The Band's "Love Is Sweeping The Country".  Taken from a kinescope of the original show, it's a shame that a better print couldn't be used for this release, since it severely hampers the overall quality, but for now, it's all we have.


The Frank Sinatra Show: Welcome Home Elvis (May 12, 1960)
Quantum Leap;
DVD Released February 10, 2004;
95 min.

 
Songs include:
It's Nice to Go Traveling - Sinatra
Witchcraft - Sinatra
Gone With the Wind - Sinatra
Fame and Fortune - Elvis
Stuck On You - Elvis
Love Me Tender - Sinatra
Witchcraft - Elvis
Celebrity impressions - Sammy Davis Jr.
When Somebody Loves You - Sammy Davis Jr.
Young At Heart - Frank and Nancy Sinatra

REVIEW:  A second release by Quantum Leap on DVD, and again taken from a poorer-quality kinescope print (apparently the orignal tape has been destroyed), this  1960 Timex-sponsored show, the final in this series, is full of fun and interesting performances, especially the "King-Kong vs. Godzilla" matchup of old-school hipster Sinatra with fresh from the armed forces rock 'n' roller Presley.  It's fun to see these two huge stars of different eras verbally spar with each other and try each other's songs on for size, with neither one really scoring a knockout.  Nearly the entire Rat Pack is also present, with Sammy Davis Jr. tackling music from Porgy and Bess, and doing his celebrity impersonations, including Nat King Cole and Cary Grant, and having a dancing contest with Peter Lawford (guess who wins?), while Joey Bishop also is here slumming it up.  Sinatra's in prime form here, confident and on top of the mountain while he sings his opening trio of songs, all accomanied by the mass forces of Nelson Riddle's orchestra.  Presley is only on screen for all of about fifteen minutes of the hour-long show, but his charisma and off-the-cuff humor make him a welcome presence.  In hindsight, this must have seemed like high times for both of these performers, with Frank starting fresh on his newly-formed Reprise label, and Presley looking to become an even bigger star in films; little did either of them know that in a few years both of them would be overshadowed by an upstart group known as The Beatles.  The DVD is accompanied by a shoddy 45-minute long documentary "The Story Of Elvis Presley" which is, if anything, of even poorer picture quality than the kinescope that precedes it.


Sinatra: The Classic Duets (1957-1960)
Hart Sharp Video LLC; 
DVD Released July 20, 2004,
60 min.

 
1. Main Title
2. Frank Sinatra with Elle Fitzgerald - Moonlight in Vermont
3. Mini Documentary
4. Frank Sinatra with Dinah Shore - Medley
5. Frank Sinatra with Peggy Lee - Nice Work if You Can Get It
6. Frank Sinatra with The Hi Lo's - I'll Never Smile Again
7. Frank Sinatra with Louis Armstrong - The Birth of the Blues
8. Frank Sinatra with Ethel Merman - You're the Top
9. Frank Sinatra with Whole Bunch of Kids - High Hopes
10. Frank Sinatra with Bing Crosby & Dean Martin - Together Wherever We Go
11. Frank Sinatra with Bing Crosby - September Song
12. Frank Sinatra with Shirley Jones - If I Loved You
13. Frank Sinatra with Ella Fitzgerald - Can't We Be Friends
14. Frank Sinatra with Lena Horne - Medley
15. Frank Sinatra with Louis Prima & Keely Smith - I Can't Believe You're in Love With Me
16. Frank Sinatra with Nancy Sinatra - You Make Me Feel so Young
17. Frank Sinatra with Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender and Witchcraft
18. Frank Sinatra with Sammy Davis, Jr. - Me and My Shadow
19. Dean Martin - Medley
20. Frank Sinatra - Put Your Dreams Away
21. Closing Credits

REVIEW:  Frank Sinatra never seemed comfortable on the small screen; it's as if he knew that the small, square box was too confining, and that he was too brash to be welcome into the living rooms of America.  And this half-and-half DVD proves that Frank wasn't comfortable with just anyone at his side, either - sure, he could pal around with his buddies, but put him in front of the cameras with a very young Shirley Jones (with whom he was to star in the screen adaption of Carousel before he bailed), or the raw rock 'n' roll greasiness of Elvis Presley, and he seemed lost at sea.  Frank here is shown both in and out of his element, in these clips all taken from his 1957-1960 Timex weekly series The Frank Sinatra Show.  The guest artists sometimes click: as with him and Peggy Lee on a sizzling "Nice Work If You Can Get It" or even with a brassy (was she ever otherwise?) Ethel Merman in a crackling take of Cole Porter's "You're The Top" - and he could croon with the best of them, as shown in clips of him and Bing Crosby singing "September Song".  But he could also be lazy on-screen, especially with his Rat Pack pals, as they giggle and guffaw their way through "Together Wherever We Go" or the aside-laden "Me And My Shadow".  There are even some real groaners, like when Frank sings "with a whole bunch of kids" on "High Hopes" or the twilight-zone weirdness of Frank and Elvis trading songs.  Sinatra was pure class, and he worked best with similar elements: Lena Horne, Louis Prima & Keely Smith; Ella Fitzgerald or Louis Armstrong.  And so this DVD is a mixed bag, with extra features by family members Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr. which don't shed any fresh light on these performances, a trivia text commentary track, and an original promo spot; but the sound, picture and content about as good as I could hope for, and the good performances are very good indeed. 


A Man And His Music (1965)
WEA/Warner Brothers;
DVD Released March 9, 1999,
50 min.

 
Songs include:
I've Got You Under My Skin,
Without A Song,
Don't Worry 'Bout Me,
I Get A Kick Out Of You,
Nancy,
My Kind Of Town,
Medley:
     It Was A Very Good Year
     Young At Heart
     The Girl Next Door
     Last Night When We Were Young,
This Is All I Ask,
Come Fly With Me,
The Lady Is A Tramp,
I've Got The World On A String,
Witchcraft,
You Make Me Feel So Young,
Put Your Dreams Away

REVIEW:  An absolutely electrifying set, the first in a series of A Man and his Music showcases for Sinatra, with the singer and the showman up to full force in this hour-long concert in front of a live audience.  The opening is perhaps the most suprising, with a gritty, noir-ish sky shot of a limousine pulling up to a building and a shady figure emerging.  We see him enter a side doorway and walk through empty, silent hallways, finally coming to a darkened room with a single chair and a microphone.  Frank sits down and acapella begins to sing "I've Got You Under My Skin" and then the orchestra *Bam!* cuts in.  It's a thrilling moment, and Sinatra uses the drama of his entrance to full effect.  Taped when he was 50 years old, he sings like he's twenty years younger, with punch and pizazz, ripping through a set of standards from the 50's ("I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Young At Heart", "Come Fly With Me", "The Lady Is A Tramp" "I've Got The World On A String", "Witchcraft" and "You Make Me Feel So Young") bookended with songs from his big band years, "Without A Song" and "Put Your Dreams Away", which were Frank's big hits with the Dorsey orchestra.  Accompanied here by Nelson Riddle, Sinatra is astoundingly loose and in terrific voice as his phrasing slips and bounces all over the place; the few songs from his Reprise years which he slips in ("My Kind Of Town", "It Was A Very Good Year", "Last Night When We Were Young") shows him as a complete master of his music, and the choices he makes for this special, and the remarkable backing he recieves from Riddle & Co., make this a one-of-a-kind performance.  The only downsides: a picture that seems to have degraded a bit, making the picture a bit soft, and the mono sound, which is still very punchy.  Also check out the wild set pieces built for this production... pure 60s kitsch.  Highly recommended.


A Man And His Music, Part II (1966)
Wea/Warner Brothers;
DVD Released September 21, 1999,
50 min.

 
Songs Include:
Fly Me to the Moon,
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,
Moonlight in Vermont,
You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You,
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) [Nancy Sinatra],
On Broadway [Nancy],
Yes Sir That's My Baby [Frank & Nancy],
Medley With Nancy Sinatra:
     Downtown/These Boots Were Made for Walkin',
Medley:
     Just One of Those Things/
     My Heart Stood Still/
     But Beautiful/
     When Your Lover Has Gone,
Luck Be a Lady,
That's Life,
Granada,
My Kind of Town,
Put Your Dreams Away

REVIEW:  The law of diminishing returns applies to Frank's second Man and His Music television special, this time with daughter Nancy in tow, and Gordon Jenkins sharing the baton with Nelson Riddle.  The most interesting part of the show, which unfortunately features canned laughter on Sinatra's opening monologue and some laughless skits with Nancy, is the presence of the original Nelson Riddle orchtrations for "That's Life".  Apparently, Nelson's arrangement was the one slated to appear on the LP of the same name, and as this television special was taped before the LP was in the can, it was the arrangement they used.  But later, Frank had the song re-arranged by Ernie Freeman into the punchy chart we know and love today - so this DVD is the only place to hear the original Riddle charts.  Nancy gets alot of screen time in the special, showing off her new-found independent popularity; and she puts out good renditions of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and "On Broadway", and does an extended medley of "Downtown" paried with her big hit "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'."  Frank has a sit-down section where he 'looks back' at songs in his career, which is a very nice touch - but this special pales somewhat in comparison with the previous television event; it lacks the sense of style and daring the first Man and His Music had, and feels more rushed in its production, and the picture as well isn't as pristine as I would have liked.  But it's still prime Sinatra, giving an essentially live concert in the studio - and it's worth seeing for fans who love this particular era.


A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim (1967)
Wea/Warner Brothers;
DVD Released March 9, 1999,
50 min.

 

Songs include:
Day In Day Out,
Get Me To The Church On Time,
What Now My Love?,
Ol' Man River,
Body & Soul (Ella),
It's Alright With Me (Ella),

Medley (With Ella):
How High The Moon/
Up Up & Away/
Look Out for Jimmy Valentine/
Theme to "Tony Rome"/
Goody Goody/
Don't Cry Joe/
Ode to Billie Joe/
Goin' Out of My Head,

Medley (With Jobim):
Change Partners/
I Concentrate on You/
The Girl from Ipanema,

Medley (With Ella):
The Song is You/
They Can't Take That Away from Me/
Stompin' at the Savoy/
At Long Last Love,

Don't Be That Way (Ella),
The Lady Is A Tramp (Frank & Ella),
Put Your Dreams Away


REVIEW:  The third entry in A Man and His Music has Frank bringing in the big guns as guest stars, with Ella Fitzgerald making one of her rare appearances with Frank, and Carlos Antonio Jobim joining Frank for a short, smoky (literally) set of four songs, and the rest of the show hanging loosely of the theme of rhythms. While I'm generally of the opinion that Frank doesn't need guest stars to put on a show (he's the biggest star of them all), he's equalled in star power by Ella, who matches Frank note for note in their fun and fiery set. Their medley together is hampered by the choice of adding contemporary songs to the set list; I mean, did anyone really want to hear these two great interpreters of the American Songbook bleat their way through "Up, Up and Away" or "Goin' Out Of My Head"? Of course, later they set it all to right, and then some, with their explosive rendition of "The Lady Is A Tramp", which has poor Nelson Riddle trying his best to keep the brass up to the challenge.  And their later medley is much better, pulling in several solid songs from their respective repetoires. Jobim's set with Frank is also a nice change of pace, with Carlos lending soft piano and whispered vocals to Frank's bossa-nova interpretations of "Change Partners", "I Concentrate On You" and "The Girl From Ipanema".  I'm such a big fan of all these performers that I'd probably tune in to watch them whatever they did, but take my word for it, this is a great show, with Frank & Co. obviously having a wonderful time.  The sound and video quality is on par with previous releases, which means although it's not pristine, it's worth seeing.


Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Own Thing (1968)
Wea/Warner Brothers;
DVD Released June 9, 1999,
50 min.

 

Songs Include:
Hello Young Lovers,
Baubles Bangles and Beads,
Cycles,

[It's the] Music That Makes Me Dance (Diahann),
Where Am I Going (Diahann);

Medley (Frank & Diahann):
     Diane/
     Deep River/
     Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child/
     Lonesome Road/
     Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen/
     Amen,

Medley: Glad to Be Unhappy/
     Here's That Rainy Day/
     It Never Entered My Mind/
     Gone with the Wind,

It's a Great Life (5th Dimension),
Stoned Soul Picnic (5th Dimension),
Sweet Blindness (Frank & the 5th Dimension),

Nice and Easy,
[How Little It Matters] How Little We Know,
Lost in the Stars,
Angel Eyes,
Put Your Dreams Away


REVIEW:  
Ouch!  Frank lands right on his caboose with this astoundingly mismatched TV special featuring Diahann Carroll and The 5th Dimension.  Built around a theme of "Black and White Americans Getting Together", Franks tries to get hip with the soul crowd, even donning a beaded nehru jacket and becoming the "6th member" of 5D.  As I said, ouch!  I'm giving this special two-and-a-half stars for a couple of reasons: 1.)For kitsch value, it's a scream, and 2.)Diahann Carroll is smooth as silk in her numbers, from the divine "Where Am I Going" to the plaintive "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", even though she looks like she's scoping out the nearest exit during she and Frank's awkward duet sequence.  Frank starts out the show is so-so form, giving 'modern' readings of "Hello Young Lovers," "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads" (obviously referring to his wardrobe change later on), and debuting the detestable "Cycles", and singing it absolutely straight.  He also runs through a smoky bar medley of his blue songs: "Glad To Be Unhappy", "Here's That Rainy Day", "It Never Entered My Mind", and "Gone With The Wind" - which seems completely out of place in context with the other numbers.  Other high points include the 5th Dimension's set, which is all smooth elegance and tight harmonies.  But then things get really psychedelic with Frank coming out and joining 5D for a rendition of "Sweet Blindness", and it just has to be seen to be believed - Frank has never seemed more out of place, even when he was swapping songs with Elvis Presley.  The final medley by Frank manages to bring things back to reality, but he's still wearing the beads during his final run through of "Nice and Easy", and by then, I'm about ready to give it up as hopeless.  The 40-piece orchestra is great, using arrangements by Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins, but as a side note - it's reported that this tape is actually the dress rehearsal of the show, and that Frank walked out before the final taping could occur.  Perhaps a premonition kicked in, and he was heading for the nearest lifeboat.  Whatever the reason, this program shouldn't be the first you seek out, but is interesting as a time-capsule view of the late 60s.


Frank Sinatra: Sinatra (1969)
Wea/Warner Brothers;
DVD Released September 21, 1999,
50 min.

 

Songs Include:
For Once in My Life,
Please Be Kind,
My Way,

Film Clip Medley:
     I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night/
     You're Sensational/
     All the Way,

The Tender Trap,
Little Green Apples,
Out Beyond the Window,
A Man Alone,
Didn't We,
Forget to Remember,
Fly Me to the Moon,
Street of Dreams,
Love's Been Good To Me,
Goin' Out of My Head,
My Kind of Town


REVIEW:  
After the flame-out of his previous special, Sinatra apparently decided to eschew having any guest stars to compete with, and presented an entire concert with himself as his own guest star.  I completely agree with this strategy, at least in theory, but this concert is definitely hit and miss, both in song selection and performance.  Frank was battling his voice during this performance, and while some numbers come off triumphantly, with just Sinatra alone on stage in black tie, singing zingy new Don Costa arrangements of some of his classic songs: "Fly Me To The Moon", "My Kind Of Town", and "Please Be Kind" others fall flat.  This is the Sinatra that knows how to sell a song, and he also manages to get in some scripted laughs from the live audience by poking fun at some of his old film roles.  He brings the lights down for the tender ballads: "Didn't We," "Forget To Remember", and a mostly on-target belting of "My Way" - which is beginning to sound like the show-stopper it would become during Frank's concerts in the 70s.  But Frank seems disconnected from his singing several times during the show, giving rote renditions of songs that he's sung too many times, and the inclusion of weaker contemporary material ("Little Green Apples", "Goin' Out Of My Head") only point out the strengths of the classic songs.  In that way, this special points out how tired Frank was getting of trying to stay relevant during this period; and unintentionally reveals why Frank decided to retire soon after this show aired. 

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