Cherry Poppin' Daddies Toast Sinatra's Memory As Reissues Mark His Passing

To mark the passing and legendary career of Frank Sinatra, two of the labels he recorded for during the golden age of his career have joined forces to remaster and reissue his landmark recordings.

Next week, Capitol and Reprise Records will begin releasing 20-bit digitally remastered versions of Sinatra's classic recordings from the 50s and 60s, an era in which his theme-driven albums paved the way for the idea of the concept album.

The reissues will each bear the words "Entertainer of the Century" on the packaging, a title that was to be bestowed upon him by President Clinton this week.

The moniker reflects Sinatra's enduring influence, which is a topic we broached with modern-day swing revivalists the Cherry Poppin' Daddies when the band played last weekend's HFStival in Washington, D.C.

"I think it's a big loss to all the contemporary swing bands," vocalist Steve Perry told MTV News. "You're probably not going to find many contemporary

swing bands who don't think Sinatra's the bomb. The thing is he had heart, you know what I mean? [781k Quicktime] Not only that, he was direct. There was no screwing around with him. He just, 'boom,' put it right on the table, and there's not much of that in culture or music right now. There's a lot of irony and playing around and winking and stuff, and that's not how it was back then. That's not how Sinatra was either... or heart, as opposed to soul, you know. There's heart, you know. Where's the heart (today)?"

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies will continue to make the rounds on the radio station-sponsored festival circuit before joining this summer's Vans Warped tour.