“The Life and Times of Frank Sinatra” is a multimedia presentation by cultural historian Bruce Hambro, who will present it at the Walpole Public Library on Thursday evening, October 25, at 7:00. Hambro will cover the phenomenal career of "Ol’ Blue Eyes," as well as the news and gossip that surrounded his relationships, while the emphasis will be on his popular recordings of songs, including an invitation to sing along. Sponsored by the Friends of the Walpole Public Library, admission is free and all are welcome. More details are available at www.walpolelibraryfriends.org.
According to Hambro, "The Life and Times of Frank Sinatra" is a fast-paced, one-hour program that presents the momentous career of probably the greatest male entertainer of the 20th century. The PowerPoint lecture includes a treasure trove of music and images from the vast catalogue of the career of Ol’ Blues Eyes. Beginning with the start of Sinatra’s singing career in the 1930s, this presentation follows Frank’s meteoric rise to fame in the early 1940s, his fall from grace later in that decade, and his historic comeback in the 1950s. Finally, the program demonstrates how "The Chairman of the Board" solidified his hold on the show business world in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Additionally, the lecture touches on Frank’s personal life — a topic with which countless Americans have always been fascinated.
A native of Newton, Bruce Hambro, a cultural historian and public school teacher, was once an actor as well as a booking agent and business manager in the music industry. He made his reputation promoting music acts throughout the United States. His high-water mark occurred when he secured a booking for one of his groups at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, he steered his clients onto a Dick Clark TV Special as well as into contracts with Polydor Records, The William Morris Agency, and legendary music impresario, Sid Bernstein, (the man who brought the Beatles to America). At the conclusion of his contract, Hambro moved on to became a consultant for several concert venues including The Cape Cod Melody Tent. Since co-hosting a 90-minute Sinatra show for MIT’s WMBR-FM radio station in early 2013, Hambro has provided his "Life and Times of Frank Sinatra" program to scores of senior living communities throughout New England.