Richard Shelton belts his heart out yet again, in tribute to one of the most iconic, greatest singers/crooners of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra. Recently, at a first class show at the intimate venue, Hollywood’s Catalina Bar and Grill, Shelton, along with a select group of talented vocalists (Robyn Carly Green and Anna Danes); and live band accompaniment, enthusiastically and velvety shared Sinatra’s story in song, two hours that zipped by with barely a pause for breath.
From “That’s Life,” to “That’s All,” Shelton sings with full heart and soul, his voice, mannerisms and appearance an uncanny likeness to ‘ol blue eyes’ himself. He describes coincidental incidents and anecdotes from his own life, previously in England, sharing how parallel his and Sinatra’s worlds are; and even dons onstage Sinatra’s classic suit which fits to a tee. One standout performance (among many ) was “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” along with a crowd pleasing winner, “New York, New York.”
Richard Shelton is one of the most evanescent of entertainers, running the gamete from jazz to pop, with pathos and longevity in his voice, and should be celebrated for his craftsmanship in his own right, as he impeccably personifies Sinatra for today’s cabaret/lounge audiences.
“The autumn wind, and the winter winds, they have come and gone
And still the days, those lonely days, they go on and on
And guess who sighs his lullabies through nights that never end
My fickle friend, the summer wind.”
Richard Shelton does it his way, sharing his admiration and affinity of the legend that is Sinatra.