Frank Sinatra Biography

Frank Sinatra invented modern pop song phrasing


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Frank Sinatra

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!

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Angel EyesAngel Eyes is a jazz standard in the minor blues format. Using a walking bass, you should play this song differently every time by improvising the bass line.

If you have practiced your chords in every position you can easily add them, no matter where your walking bass leads you.

Go to Angel Eyes chords.


Angel EyesTry to think that love’s not around
But it’s uncomfortably near
My old heart ain’t gaining no ground
Because my angel eyes ain’t here

Go to Angel Eyes lyrics.

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