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Clint Eastwood jazz obsessed

Clint Eastwood listened to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald growing up and wasn't interested in rock music.

The legendary actor-and-director has been talking about his musical tastes in light of his newest movie Jersey Boys, which tells the story of how the band The Four Seasons came to be.

Far from being a fan of their music, 84-year-old Clint was more into the sounds of "great singers" like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

"I was too much of a jazz freak to have been into their music and the rock era was not my favourite," he told British newspaper The Telegraph.

"I wasn’t a big fan of the music that came out of the '60s but I think the Four Seasons did some great stuff. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You was probably the closest thing to a classic song that came out of the '50s and '60s.

"I was brought up during the '40s and '50s music-wise, when you had the great singers – the men were Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine and the women were Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Peggy Lee. You were just used to great singers."

Jersey Boys started life as a musical, opening up on Broadway in 2005. It's won four Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award and has amassed fans the world over.

Because four times Oscar-winner Clint was never a fan of the group, he hadn't seen the stage production when he was asked to take on the directorial duties for the movie adaptation.

“They asked me to do [the movie] before I knew anything about it. And I said, ‘Well, let me look at it and see,’” he recently explained to WWD. “I went and saw three different versions, in Nevada, San Francisco and here, on Broadway, and I kind of got what I thought made it tick - at least in my mind, anyways - and so I settled down to do it.

“It isn’t really a musical. You could do the story without any of it,” he added.

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