Is it possible? Can any living soul achieve Frank Sinatra’s unsurpassed phrasing and timing, or emulate the exceptional resonance, timbre and shading of that mellifluous voice? Londoner Louis Hoover can and does, and he’ll be performing his hit Salute to Sinatra show in Singapore this October.
They said it…
I’m sure that if Frankie had seen Louis he’d have said, ‘Great pipes, kid!’
– Roger Moore
If he played football like he sings, I’d sign him tomorrow.
– Sir Alex Ferguson
He sounds more like Sinatra than Sinatra.
– Ron Atkinson
The new Sinatra.
– National Enquirer, US
How does he do it?
In our opinion, Robbie Williams did a fairly good job of being Frank in Swing When You’re Winning (2001). But this is something else – how does Louis reproduce a voice that has been described as inimitable and succeed in sounding “more like Sinatra than Sinatra”?
The god-given singing talent was undoubtedly his own: big sister Candy Sparling was a teenage singing star, and when at the age of 15 he listened to her boxed set of Frank Sinatra records he decided to ditch pop music and devote his life to swing.
Over the years, Louis’ voice and singing style have acquired an uncanny resemblance to Frank’s; but you don’t have to take our word for it – listen online at www.louishoover.co.uk.
Just like Frank Sinatra?
“Frank was a character and I think I’m a bit of a character too,” says Louis. “I’ve lived in Soho, Amsterdam and the Far East and have always chosen the bohemian route over suburban conventions.”
Unlike four-times-married Frank, however, Louis has never tied the marital knot. And he’s far from just being a Sinatra copy: the co-creator and star of hit productions such as The Rat Pack and My Way writes his own swing songs and has performed at jazz festivals in the UK, Europe, the US and Japan. Albums include And This Is Me and Louis Hoover.
What can we expect?
A number of musicians from Sinatra’s original orchestra are performing with Louis in Salute To Sinatra, which has been selling out at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium for years. Look forward to musical director Toby Cruise on piano, the UK’s best drummer Elliot Henshaw, plus various top British musicians who have played for stars like Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Robbie Williams, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and more.
Tickets for just four shows from 18 to 20 October at the MBS Sands Theater are available now, priced from $55 to $150. Get yours from www.sistic.com, from www.baseentertainmentasia.com or from www.marinabaysands.com/ticketing.
12 things we didn’t know about Frank Sinatra:
|•||Born in New Jersey in 1915 to Italian immigrant parents, his father was a fire brigade captain and his mother was a Democratic Party ward leader who ran an illegal abortion service.|
|•||Expelled for unruly conduct, Frank never graduated from high school.|
|•||He suffered from mood swings all his life, once describing himself as “an 18-karat manic depressive”.|
|•||Never having learned to read music, he sang by ear.|
|•||Classified as medically unfit for WW2, Frank drew a lot of flak for staying home and making lots of money.|
|•||According to an FBI dossier released in 1998, they declined his 1950 offer to work as an informant for them.|
|•||In 1951, the temporary eclipse of his singing career led him to attempt suicide; but a 1953 Oscar for his role in From Here to Eternity helped restore his position as the world’s top recording artist.|
|•||Though in the 50s he reviled rock and roll as “sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons”, he later recorded Elvis’s Love Me Tender, Paul Simon’s Mrs Robinson, The Beatles’ Yesterday and more.|
|•||“Fags”, “pimps” and “whores” is how Frank described importunate journalists who harassed him during his 1970s Australia tour. Union leader and future PM Bob Hawke demanded an apology.|
|•||My Way was written for him by Paul Anka, inspired by the French song Comme d’habitude (As Usual).|
|•||For Watertown (1970), he’s credited with inventing the concept album.|
|•||After his death on 14 May 1998, Las Vegas switched off its lights for three minutes and New York’s Empire State Building was bathed in blue light for three days.|
With thanks to Wikipedia.