Today in Mu­sic His­tory

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

In 2009, Bono’s first op-ed col­umn for the New York Times ex­plored the pros and cons of Frank Si­na­tra’s voice. The U2 front­man wrote that Si­na­tra had “the least sen­ti­men­tal voice in the his­tory of pop mu­sic.” Bono ar­gued that Si­na­tra’s strength was his abil­ity to con­vey more than one emo­tion in dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the same song. He said Si­na­tra’s ver­sion of My Way from 1969 is “more kissoff than send-off,” but his later ver­sion was “a heart-stop­ping, heart­break­ing song of de­feat.”

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