Dr. Floyd Lapp
Dr. Floyd Lapp has an M.A. and Ph.D. from NYU in Public Administration/Urban Planning and has been a practicing urban planner for more than half a century. He was attracted to his profession from the personal experiences of neighborhood change as he was growing up in the Bronx. While at home, he listened to his sister’s Frank Sinatra records. City planning, baseball (he lived within walking distance of Yankee Stadium), and Sinatra have been with him all his life.
Sinatra’s Radio Days as a Big Band Vocalist and Soloist
Hear Frank Sinatra’s debut with the Hoboken Four (1935) and big band remotes with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey (1939-1942), and as a soloist through the 1940s on a multiple of radio programs including, Your Hit Parade. This archival material represents a special period for the American Song Book and the evolution of Sinatra’s musical career as “The Voice” of 20th century popular music.
Sinatra Sings Songs from His Movie Musicals
Hear excerpts from Sinatra’s twenty Hollywood musicals that span the period beginning as Tommy Dorsey’s big band vocalist in the early 1940s, continuing with his MGM musicals as “the Voice”, and as the “Chairman of the Board” in the 1950s and 1960s. This class provides a nostalgic tour de force with Sinatra as a balladeer and swinger as his style evolved across 25 years. Many leading ladies of the day provide exciting duets. NEW!