Tuesday November 24, 2015

The music behind The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom

Shad and author Mitch Albom in Studio q.

Shad and author Mitch Albom in Studio q. (Jonathan Ore/CBC)

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Musicians like Burt Bacharach, Wynton Marsalis and Tony Bennett can't stop talking about him, or speculate about why he disappeared.

Frankie Presto might have been the greatest guitarist who ever lived.

Except he didn't — he's the invention of author Mitch Albom, and the protagonist in Albom's latest book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.

Not only do famous musicians appear in his book, they also filmed promotional pieces, and helped Albom compile a soundtrack of songs that helped inform Frankie's character.

In these promo videos for the book, songwriters Burt Bacharach and Ingrid Michaelson, "remember" Frankie.