New York: Embassy Music Corporation,  1944. Staplebound Softcover. By Frank Sinatra, and his teacher John Quinlan. Staplebound, measuring 12" x 9". Dark red with white lettering, and picture of the young Frank, with a paisley bowtie. Scuffing to both sides of cover, and minor staining to rear cover.Crease to lower corner which encompasses the publisher's logo of a silhouetted figure at a grand piano 32 pp. The book advertised on the rear cover (The Modern Trombonist, by Tommy Dorsey, and Edited by F. Henri Klickmann) was published in 1944, making this particular copy a probable later (second?) printing. 75¢ price marked.
This seminal piece of "Sinatriana" quite rare in any edition, and clearly outlines the methodology and path whereby "Old Blue Eyes", under the brilliant tutelage of John Quinlan, sloggged then soared his way from a Joyzee-smackin' kid to the Moon and Stars Beyond. Very Good. Item #84883
One of the rarest Frank Sinatra collectibles "out" there -- when you're lucky enough to find it. Written in collaboration with Ol' 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.