New York: Embassy Music Corporation, 1941. First Edition. Softcover. Staplebound softcover. (9" x 12"). No tears. Minor crease and edgewar to front cover. Small (1.5") coffee stain to edge of page, throughout. Both original prices rubbed out, but one can make out the 75¢ price on the title page. Areas covered include: 1) "The Care of the Throat"; 2) "The Art of Breathing, followed by 15 exercises, with text in between, a large graphic chart illustrating "Mouth Positions". Lovely full page publicity photo of Frank Sinatra on inside of rear cover. Outside of rear cover features a list of "Embassy Songs", including: "Yes, Indeed!; Everything Happens to Me"; "You Betcha My Life"; "Neiani"; "Little Man with a Candy Cigar"; "Nine Old Men"; "Free For All"; "Oh! Look At Me Now"; "I Tried"; "This Love of Mine"; "Let's Get Away From It All"; "Will You Still Be Mine?". (NOTE: The songs themselves are not included; this is merely an advertisement for other songs under the Embassy "label".
Quite rare, especially the American (first) issue. Very Good Plus. Item #84446
One of the rarest Frank Sinatra collectibles "out" there -- when you're lucky enough to find it. Written in collaboration with Old Blue Eyes's vocal teacher, John Quinlan. "...Quinlan began by training Sinatra’s body from feet to pelvis to neck to temples, remolding it as a reservoir for polished tone. His breath was inflated to accommodate long, smooth notes with constancy. The mouth that, in speech, wrenched itself into Joisey knots was reprogrammed into masks of widened, relaxed singing positions. These masks—a face for every phoneme—were cross-referenced with different modes and shifts in melody, which made all Sinatra’s sounds blend into one another. By 1941, five years after his first Quinlan lesson, the Sinatra sound figure-skated out of the nation’s radios, a presence you knew to be his at first note, a flood of lacquered sound. The thirty-two-page “Tips” claimed it could work similar magic on any interested body and face, for just seventy-five cents..." 'Tips' devotes most of its pages to sixteen chromatic passages, sung in fragments of near-gibberish, which the pupil is to repeat again and again, building the muscle memory of his breath, face, and chords...This 'Tips' coaching aims for the exact delivery that shaped what is arguably America’s longest singing career. It was a sound that was popular both for its refinement and for its ease: a girded, articulate, and balletic voice. And also, if we are to believe 'Tips' a teachable one..."
Elena Passarello in "Teach Me Tonight" an article in Better Magazine, Issue No. 1.
Introduction ("A Word of Commendation") by Tommy Dorsey, who writes: ""'Tips On Popular Singing' is the answer to many a query I have received as to whether or not such a book might be procured -- and where.". The publisher (Embassy Music) writes that [the book] "was written for anyone with the ambition to become a popular song stylist of the type now appearing with the various bands on the radio, in night clubs and other places of amusement. Tips on Popular Singing contains all that is. necessary , in the way of vocal instruction. All instructive matter in this book is written in a clear, understandable manner, and, if strictly followed...will be of great help to the aspiring student in the popular field..."
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