Vintage episodes of Frank Sinatra's TV specials sponsored by the Timex Watch Company that feature Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and others are being released as the next in the series of “The Sinatra Collection” to hit the streets May 19, Eagle Rock Entertainment announced March 6.
The Timex Shows Vol. 1 and The Timex Shows Vol. 2 together feature four of the TV specials, which ran on ABC-TV from October, 19, 1959 to May 12, 1960 at a time when Sinatra's career was at a low point. “Volume 1” features the first of the four specials sponsored by the watch company. It has Sinatra singing and interacting with Rat Pack member Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby, also Jimmy Durante, who makes a cameo appearance. The second show on Volume 1, from Dec. 13, 1959, is titled “An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra.” The guests are another Rat Packer, Peter Lawford, plus Hermione Gingold, The Hi-Lo's, Red Norvo and his combo, Juliet Prowse and Ella Fitzgerald, who sings a duet of “Can't We Be Friends” with Sinatra.
“Volume 2” has his final two Timex shows. The first, which aired on ABC on Feb. 15, 1960, is titled “To the Ladies” and features Mary Costa (notably the voice of Sleeping Beauty in the Walt Disney animated film), Barbara Heller, Lena Horne, Juliet Prowse and special guest Eleanor Roosevelt. It's the second, however, that's the most notable. It's “Welcome Home Elvis” which aired on May 12, 1960, and it was Presley's first appearance after being discharged from the Army. Guests included a young Nancy Sinatra, who swoons over Presley, along with Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
The highlight in the program features a wonderful song medley by Sinatra and Presley that has each doing the other's songs. Presley sings “Witchcraft,” while Sinatra sings “Love Me Tender.” Sinatra often professed a dislike of rock 'n' roll, but the medley is surprisingly good on both sides with Sinatra handling “Love Me Tender” like a torch song and Elvis giving a little rock touch to “Witchcraft” similar to the way he did “It's Now or Never.”
The track listings for the two DVDs:
‘THE TIMEX SHOWS VOL. 1’
THE FRANK SINATRA TIMEX SHOW
1) High Hopes (Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor) 2) Day In, Day Out (Frank Sinatra) 3) Together, Wherever We Go (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin) 4) Hurricane (Mitzi Gaynor) 5) Talk To Me (Frank Sinatra/Mitzi Gaynor) 6) Cheek To Cheek (Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor) 7) Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams (Dean Martin 8) Medley: Good Old Songs/Down By The Old Mill Stream/The Old Gray Mare/In Shade Of The Old Apple Tree/That Old Feeling/Down The Old Ox Road/Old Rockin’ Chair/Old Devil Moon/You’re An Old Smoothie/My Old Flame/Ol’ Man River (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin) 9) High Hopes (Frank Sinatra) 10) Medley: Just One Of Those Things/Angel Eyes/The Lady Is A Tramp (Frank Sinatra) 11) Medley: Start Each Day With A Song/Inka Dinka Doo/Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor/Jimmy Durante)
AN AFTERNOON WITH FRANK SINATRA
1) Spend The Afternoon With Me (Frank Sinatra) 2) I’ve Got The World On A String (Frank Sinatra) 3) The Desert Is Calling (The Hi-Lo’s) 4) Comes Love (Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford) 5) There’s A Lull In My Life (Ella Fitzgerald) 6) It’s All Right With Me (Frank Sinatra) 7) Juliet Prowse Dance Routine 8) Too Marvelous For Words (Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo Quintet) 9) Here Is That Rainy Day (Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo Quintet) 10) Just You, Just Me (Ella Fitzgerald) 11) I’ll Never Smile Again (Frank Sinatra/The Hi-Lo’s) 12) Can’t We Be Friends (Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald) 13) Puttin’ On The Ritz (Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford/Juliet Prowse) 14) He Loves And She Loves (Ella Fitzgerald) 15) Love Walked Right In (The Hi-Lo’s) 16) Our Love Is Here To Stay (Frank Sinatra) 17) Love Is Sweeping The Country (Frank Sinatra/Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford/Juliet Prowse/Ella Fitzgerald)
‘THE TIMEX SHOWS VOL. 2’
TO THE LADIES
1) Here’s To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra) 2) I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra) 3) Ouvre Ton Coeur (Mary Costa) 4) By Strauss (Barbara Heller) 5) Ring The Bell (Lena Horne) 6) Come Cha Cha With Me (Juliet Prowse) 7) It’s A Lonesome Old Town (Frank Sinatra) 8) But Beautiful (Lena Horne) 9) From This Moment On (Lena Horne) 10) Harold Arlen Medley: As Long As I Live/It’s Only A Paper Moon/One For My Baby/Accentuate The Positive/Stormy Weather/Get Happy/Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Frank Sinatra/Lena Horne) 11) My Heart Stood Still (Frank Sinatra) 12) Yours Is My Heart Alone (Mary Costa) 13) Afraid Of Love (Barbara Heller) 14) My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Lena Horne) 15) My Funny Valentine (Juliet Prowse) 16) High Hopes (Eleanor Roosevelt) 17) Here’s To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra)
WELCOME HOME ELVIS
1) It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra) 2) It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 3) Witchcraft (Frank Sinatra) 4) Come On Bess (Sammy Davis Jr) 5) Oriental Dance (Leona Irwin & The Tommy Hansen Dancers) 6) Gone With The Wind (Frank Sinatra) 7) Uh Oh! (Nutty Squirrels) 8) All The Way (Sammy Davis Jr) 9) Shall We Dance (Sammy Davis Jr/Peter Lawford) 10) Fame And Fortune (Elvis Presley) 11) Stuck On You (Elvis Presley) 12) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 13) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender - Reprise (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 14) You Make Me Feel So Young (Frank Sinatra/Nancy Sinatra) 15) Let’s Dance (Nancy Sinatra)