There’s no one that can compare to legendary jazz singer Frank Sinatra. His signature style captivated audiences, and his timeless voice still holds up as one of the best in music history.
In this live black-and-white footage of Sinatra at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis, Frank sings the classic ‘Fly Me to the Moon.’ This 1965 performance shows Frank at his height of fame and success.
Frank receives tremendous applause before the song starts. He begins singing, “Fly me to the moon. Let me play among the stars. Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars. In other words, hold my hand. In other words, baby, kiss me.”
He’s dressed in a tuxedo, and his handsome smile is fully displayed for the crowd. Frank takes liberty with the melody’s rhythm and even swaps some words around in a playful way.
During the instrumental break, he yells out to encourage the full jazz band behind him. He even plays along with the cameraman, making a motion like he’s filming the camera.
Then, Frank scats a little over the instruments and smiles at the audience. He’s in complete control of the performance, and his mastery is unparalleled. His nickname, the ‘Chairman of the Board,’ was fitting because he was the boss.
Frank has sold over 150 million records over his career. ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ appeared on his 1964 album ‘It Might as well be Swing.’ He also recorded this song a few more times during his storied career. This footage of Frank at his best is a treat for everyone who loves ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes.’