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Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air 1935-1955

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As the oft-told story goes, Frank Sinatra’s career was ignited in June 1939 when bandleader Harry James’ wife happened to tune in to a live feed from the Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and alerted her husband to the then-24-year-old featured singer. Before long that voice would be ubiquitous on radio. Indeed, though the young Sinatra sang in movies, sold millions of records and played endless club and concert-hall dates, radio forged his primary connection to the public.

The four-disc A Voice on Air, released late last year to coincide with Sinatra’s much-ballyhooed centennial, assembles 107 radio tracks spanning two decades. Totaling five hours and 20 minutes and presented chronologically, the set blends selections from Sinatra-hosted shows with guest appearances on other hit series.

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