Frank Lamphere speaks about his music and aspects of the music business
Frank, if you had your choice, what music would you sing? "This is my choice of music. Old stuff but good stuff. I sing what I want, while on stage. Of course my prerogative is for the audience to enjoy the music as much as possible. Just because a song is old doesn't make it good. For every great song written and recorded by a big artist, there were probably eighty bad ones."
What is your favorite music and or singer? "As a kid I loved Elvis' music. My grandmother and dad were fans of his and it just rubbed off. I still thoroughly enjoy Elvis. The 50's and 60's recordings, that is. Because of my appreciation for Elvis, I had an ear for other songs and artists from that same time period. Dion, the Platters, Little Richard, Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, Chubby Checker, etc...Somewhere around 12-13 years of age I "graduated" to Sinatra. I'd always liked his movies and knew several of the big hits: Strangers In the Night, My Way, and Something Stupid. I joined the RCA and Columbia House record clubs and ordered a bunch of records. Casual listening became a passion, particularly the songs that featured Nelson Riddle arrangements. Under My Skin, Night and Day, From This Moment On, Witchcraft, I've Got a Crush On You and the like. The desire to listen to this music, just took over. I put away the teen idol records and engrossed myself in the sophisticated sounds of Frank Sinatra. While playing those records to death I branched out into Dean Martin. Once again, I had seen most of Martin's movies, roasts and had always enjoyed his singing in the Martin and Lewis movies. (I was really too young to have seen and remember his television show) However, I could also sing the first eight bars of Everybody Loves Somebody and mimic Dean's slurs at an early age. Eventually I collected all of his LPs, from the many second hand record stores in Chicago. It wasn't long before I discovered Tony Bennett, Jerry Vale, Sammy Davis Jr, Jack Jones, Vic Damone, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and many other vocalists and bought their records as well. Returning to the question; my sentimental favorite singer is unquestionably Dean Martin. Sinatra is a close second. That being said, my tastes change from time to time but in the last several years I can't hear enough of Jack Jones or Henry Mancini. I could listen to Henry Mancini soundtracks and albums of cover songs, all day. He had such a romantic style of arranging the strings. Also, the percussion he incorporated into his arrangements made his music really unique. The Oscar Peterson Trio is my pick for small group jazz. I suppose I prefer listening to instrumentals most of the time. Hours upon hours of uninterrupted vocals can be torture especially if the mixture includes an inordinate amount of female vocals. It's just me!"
What are you working on currently? I am tweaking the music for my latest show "Back to the 60s" (Interview continued Here)
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