It's funny: I’m not one to push my own brand. But friends are encouraging me to speak out about my latest book. So… OK, here goes...
You ought to read “Until I Smile At You”. What’s in it for you?
⁃ It’s a fascinating story about Ruth Lowe, a true hero and one of the 20th century's most enduring musical talents
⁃ Amazingly, no one has been privy to this story before now (I was personally selected by her family to write it)
⁃ The book covers how she wrote the song that launched Frank Sinatra’s career, “I’ll Never Smile Again”, and then went on to write his theme song “Put Your Dreams Away” plus about 50 other songs for Hollywood and Broadway
⁃ You’ll see how Ruth became one of the first liberated females to pave the way for working in a man's world (Tin Pan Alley) while never letting her gender, nor her attractive good looks, get in the way of her outstanding talent
⁃ You’ll also discover Ruth’s courage: you’ll learn how “I’ll Never Smile Again”, flowed from the grief and anguish she experienced after the sudden death of her young husband, leaving her a devastated widow at age 23; this followed the demise of her beloved father amidst rumours of suicide when she was a teenager, forcing her to quit school and find a job playing piano to bring in money for her ailing mother and younger sister
⁃ You’ll view over 50 never-been-seen-before photographs and other keepsakes from the vaults of Ruth’s son, Tom Sandler
- You’ll read how Nancy Sinatra says in the Foreword, “There’s a reason why 'I’ll Never Smile Again' has endured: it was a perfect song, interpreted by the perfect singer, at the perfect time.”
- You’ll join Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist; Sir Tim Rice who writes lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber; Alan Bergman, award-winning song composer for Barbra Streisand, Sinatra, etc.; the late Frank Sinatra Jr.; music historian Chuck Granata; and many others… as they describe with reverence Ruth’s enormous talent and creativity
- And you’ll learn how Ruth Lowe has been labelled “One of the Architects of the American Ballad”; her signature tune was selected as one of the best pop songs of all time; she is the recipient of a Grammy Award; she’s been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame; and she’s about to be added to the Great American Songbook Foundation Hall of Fame
All this and a whole lot more await you in “Until I Smile At You”, the book about which James Kaplan (author of “Frank: The Voice” and “Sinatra: The Chairman”) says,
“A marvelously detailed and affectionate life of a great woman and an important artist.”
Pick up “Until I Smile At You” at your favorite book store, or at Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, Barnes & Noble, etc.
Get your own autographed copy at untilismileatyou.com
“No wonder Sinatra linked his career to hers! Loved the commentary from the celebrities talking about her songs. A truly great book!”
I can say no more. Actually, I can… but I won’t!