One Of The Most Famous Men In America

Of the five million Russians living in America, Frish , is one of the best known personalities.

Described as the Merv Griffin of Russian-American entertainment, the versatile Frish is a well regarded TV and radio host and a singer, too—in multiple languages.

His TV chat shows, featuring many Americans, from the late James Brown to Donna Summer and B.B. King, are beamed weekly from New York to Russian households all over the U.S.

Moonlighting as a singer (he got his show biz start as a “psychic singer” on Russian TV), Frish, who fell in love with American standards while growing up in Russia, where he first became a TV star, took some time off from TV chores here to record a stunning, English-language CD project, “Bring Me Sunshine,” debuting Nov. 16.

It features vocals by himself and the music of A-list Hollywood musicians who form the Patrick Williams Big Band.

Al Schmitt, who has engineered or produced records for Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Jefferson Airplane, Eddie Fisher, Glenn Yarborough, Jackson Browne and Neil Young and engineered Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company, which won eight Grammy® Awards in 2004, and has 20 Grammies in total, is the engineer on the lushly-orchestrated “Bring Me Sunshine,” which was recorded at Capitol Records’ legendary Hollywood studios.

Says singer and Vegas icon Keely Smith, “Oleg knows and loves American music.”

In same studios used by Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle, Frish teamed with Patrick Williams, who was also the arranger-conductor for both of Sinatra’s “Duets” albums, the singer’s final recordings.

The final product, “Bring Me Sunshine,” features 15 tracks from some of the 20th century’s top songwriters, including Johnny Mercer (“Goody Goody”), Jimmy McHugh (“A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening”), Victor Young (“Around The World”), Charles Strouse (A Lot of Livin’ To Do”), Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (“I’ve Heard This Song Before”).

“I was really thrilled and excited to make this record,”- says Frish.

“Each song has a special meaning in my life.”
In researching his selection of songs, culled from hundreds of “Great American Songbook” offerings dating back to the 1920s, Frish has attached his own commentary to each:

Good Goody: Frankie Lymon sang it so joyfully; this is one of the most positive songs ever written.

A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening: Many singers have recorded it, but I love the Chris Connor (jazz singer) version.

Bring Me Sunshine (title song): I wonder why it was so rarely recorded. Very simple and very sincere.

Dansero: Eydie Gorme and later Bobby Rydell recorded the song. I want to being these names as close as possible to the next generation.

Around The World: I asked Patrick to do it in a swinging style previously recorded versions were ballads except Buddy Greco who did it in swing.

I’m In Love: This is one of the rarely recorded songs of the 1960s. I heard it on a Joanie Sommers LP. She was fabulous.

Have A Good Time: Sue Thompson recorded it in 1964, I love the way we recorded it, and we put a vocal trio behind it.

I Don’t Care: Originally Italian, it was recorded in English by Kay Starr and Steve Lawrence and differs from the original version.

Why Don’t You Believe Me?: A huge hit in the 1950s, it was recorded by Bing Crosby and Patti Page, among many others.

A Lot of Livin’ To Do: Featured in “Bye Bye Birdie.” I decided to do it as a tribute to Charles Strouse’s amazing music.

I Wish You Love: This is my favorite song. We divided it into two parts, ballad and swing, to pay tribute to the great ladies, Keely Smith and Blossom Dearie.

Rhode Island Is Famous For You: I heard this very funny song on a Blossom Dearie record. This song was the perfect manual for learning U.S. geography for me.

I’ve Heard That Song Before: A very nostalgic song. My favorite recordings are by Al Martino and Margaret Whiting.

When You Smile: I think this is the only song on my CD which is not American-born. Shirley Bassey recorded it and Patrick Williams created a great American-style arrangement.

Sea Cruise: I am not a rock and roll singer but when I heard Frankie Ford’s record I decided that I had to do it.

CD: BRING ME SUNSHINE, Oleg Frish

Release date: Dec. 8, 2010

Record Label: Capitol/Time Out Management

Website: www.olegfrish.com

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