On Friday, June 21, the Jacob Sears Memorial Library in East Dennis will host Steinway Artist and music scholar Robert Wyatt and his engaging program “I’ve Got You Under My Skin: On Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.” The program, which Wyatt gave in New York this spring to rave reviews, focuses on the relationship of two contrasting icons of popular music. It features Wyatt’s original research, brought to life with archival photos,recordings, and video clips. The one-hour program will begin at 5:30 pm and a reception with the artist will follow.
Superstar Frank Sinatra shared the spotlight with newly minted ex-GI Elvis Presley in a popular TV special, Welcome Home Elvis, aired in May 1960. (Catch the two stars in this great clip: Sinatra "Welcomes" Elvis.) Robert Wyatt will use this TV moment as a window into a fascinating period in music history when the idol of bobby-soxers faced off with the king of rock ‘n’ roll. Critics harumphed, preachers railed, audiences went wild, and the course of music and culture was changed forever.
Seating for this event is limited. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the library at 508.385.8151 by June 19. Suggested donation: $15. Proceeds will benefit the historic library, located at 23 Center Street, East Dennis, MA 02641.
For more on Robert Wyatt, please visit his website: Robert Wyatt.
Directions to the Jacob Sears Memorial Library: Route 6A to School Street near the Dennis-Brewster
border; North on School Street for two blocks; right on Center Street. Please park in the church lot on the left. The library is on the right.