Classical Allure is a fan-made tumblr showcasing vintage performers of color in all their glory. The tumblr is run by brandos, isitscary, and xstaceyjones.
Our main goal is to expose people to ignored yet amazingly talented entertainers of color that have been seemingly placed on a shelf or never even known because they do not posess the paler assets of their peers.
Come take a journey with us into the past and learn about the history and heritage of the classic entertainment industry from the person of color’s persepective.
This is a group of songs spanning most of Frank’s career which I find sexy. He’s kinda good at that whole thing. Sexiness is pretty subjective, so you may disagree with me here and there, though there are some you couldn’t possible disagree with. There were a lot that I left out that I could have added–the entire Nice ‘n’ Easy, The Voice, or Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim albums, for example. I could’ve included, literally, 10 other versions of Embraceable You. You’ll hear a good sampling of songs that made the bobbysoxers swoon and scream. I included Love is a Many-Splendored Thing only because that high note makes me feel things. And I used two different versions of the song Nice 'n’ Easy because the last bit of the alternate take simply must be heard. I even left in the overtly sexist Wives and Lovers because I can’t deny the sexiness of the latter half of the song. Oh, and you’ll want to turn up the volume at the very end of You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to. Enjoy!
P.S. While this is mostly made up of official studio recordings, I have included some live and radio recordings, therefore the sound quality varies. Sorry if that sort of thing bothers you.