January 27th 2008 00:12
He was a great singer and actor. He was involved with the mob ( at least according to the FBI files.. including, when buying into the Cal-Neva Casino, funding from Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters, among others....... FBI) and he fought racism long before a lot of folks seemed to agree with him Clark County Library - Memories.
When Mario Puzo wrote "The Godfather", the character of Johnny Fontaine was based on Frank Sinatra. Accurately, according to most.
He was born Francis Albert Sinatra on December 12, 1915. When he was being evaluated for the draft for WWII (he was 4F for an ear injury), his criminal record came up, showing him guilty of adultery.
Those were different times....
He was Ol' Blue Eyes, The Chairman of the Board, and the leader of the Rat Pack. He was an incredible musician, sometimes petty and mean, other times brave and generous. Volatile seems a little too mild a word for his personality.
There's a great video of pictures of him, while he sings, at Really Long Link
He lived his life as passionately as he sang his songs. He married his first wife, Nancy, before he became an icon. His second wife was the stunning Ava Gardner.
As beloved as he became with rockers, doing duets with Bono among others, at the time of Elvis Presley arriving on the rock scene, Sinatra said “The most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicous form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear.”
Eventually, Frank Sinatra would record Elvis' Love Me Tender.
In 1966 writer Gay Talese Esquirewrote a profile on Sinatra for Esquire, “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold”, that is one of the best personal journalism pieces ever. Here's a sample, about Sinatra in a bar, and his song "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning", comes on,
“It is a lovely ballad that he first recorded ten years ago, and it now inspired many young couples who had been sitting, tired to twisting, to get up and move slowly around the dance floor, holding one another very close. Sinatra's intonation, precisely clipped, yet full and flowing, gave a deeper meaning to the simply lyrics – 'In the wee small hours of the morning/while the whole wide world is fast asleep/you lie awake, and think about the girl...” -- it was like so many of his classics, a song that evoked loneliness and sensuality, and when blended with the dim light and the alcohol and nicotine and late-night needs, it became a kind of airy aphrodisiac.“
On January 22, 2008 Lew Spence who had written Sinatra standards (“Nice n Easy, and “That Face”), passed away at age 87. Living memories of the culture are passing...
The Sinatra Family's website classily, opens currently with a farewell to actress Suzanne Pleshette. Sinatra sings “I'll Be Seeing You” to her...
Frank Sinatra passed in 1998 at the age of 80.
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