Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, September, 1943
In Memory of Two Crooners
by Michael L. Newell
Let’s hear it for Bing and Frank
(before he was chairman of the board).
Their smooth crooning
set crowds on fire, made young girls swoon,
ignited bodies and souls
to swing and sway, and generated
memories (that lasted for decades)
for an up and coming generation,
as they redefined popular music,
intertwined it with jazz,
broke boundaries between audiences
and performers, set an era
aflame dancing fast and slow, and helped
turn a bland world hip, established
it is never too soon for anyone to croon.
Michael L. Newell is a retired English/Theatre teacher who has spent one-third of his life abroad. He now lives on the Oregon coast. In addition to the recent publication of his new book, Meditation of an Old Man Standing on a Bridge, he has recently had poems published in Verse-Virtual and Current.
Click here to access all of Michael L. Newell’s poetry published on Jerry Jazz Musician
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