Clayton Smith (Free Event)

Clayton Smith (Free Event)

WHEN: Friday, 27 May 2011

TIME: 8.00 pm - 8.30 pm

WHERE: Queen Street Mall


Sinatra historian, enthusiast, musician and performer Clayton Smith provides an inspiring, invigorating and informative 90 minutes presenting the unique sounds of “The voice” who over 50 years became known more affectionately as OI’ Blue Eyes.


Clayton provides incredible unknown information from when Sinatra began during the “Great Depression” intertwined with the age of prohibition right through his incredible worldwide career that embraced more than a 100 countries. Clayton remarks “This is not a tribute show, Sinatra is too important for that. He took the songs of Tin Pan Alley and raised them to the level of fine art, turning the humble 32 bar song into a three act play. Make no mistake he improved these songs musically while honing his technique during his big band days. He would sign up to seven shows a day, day in day out, on the road with Dorsey and James. Could you imagine a performer today doing this?” “The Voice” was not some latter day Jolson or Crosby, just the culminating point in the evolutionary process of putting words to music.


The results of a fusing of historical circumstances that can never be repeated. God only made one. He also instinctively learnt from Billie Holiday how to make a song his own. And when you listen to Clayton you will surely know why Sinatra matters. Award winning consultant and lyricist Bruce Cruicks said of Clayton recently. “ If you closed your eyes you’d swear you were at Sanctuary Cove back in ’88. But it was his anecdotes that captivated everyone. It really was the Unknown Sinatra”.


Melbourne music historian John Pemberton said, “Simply unbelievable knowledge. Clay was brilliant.” Clayton includes classics such as New York New York; Witchcraft; My Way; Young at heart; I’ve got you under my skin; You make me feel so young and a few unknown Sinatra songs.

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