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When Sinatra had the world on a string

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By Louis Bayard
Sunday, December 19, 2010

Louis Bayard is a reviewer and novelist. His new novel, "The School of Night," will be published in March.

FRANK

The Voice

By James Kaplan

Doubleday. 786 pp. $35

FRANK

The Voice

By James Kaplan

Doubleday. 786 pp. $35

It's not the voice - or it's not just the voice. Other male popular singers have had greater instruments: Tony Bennett, Luther Vandross, Roy Orbison - hell, Vic Damone. What makes Frank Sinatra stand out is not simply tone or diction or phrasing but . . . okay, what is it?


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