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Frank Sinatra

January 27th 2008 00:12
Frank Time Magazine
Frank, Time Magazine

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.

(If Sammy Davis, Jr. didn't enter a joint by the front door, Sinatra wouldn't be back.)
Frank Sinatra and Eleanor Roosevelt
Frank Sinatra and Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
The Rat Pack
The Rat Pack

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.
Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner
Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner
His third was the waifish Mia Farrow (who also married Andre Previn, and had a long and turbulent relatinship with Woody Allen).
Frank Sinatra & Mia Farrow
Frank Sinatra & Mia Farrow
His fourth wife was Barbara Marx, widow of Harpo Marx, and there was a tumultuous relatinship between his children and his last wife.

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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Comment by Tyronne

January 31st 2008 23:02
An unequalled musical icon,

Sinatra may have had serious issues but his music seldom faltered and he was a talented actor too. The Man With the Golden Arm, Suddenly, The Detective, all stellar.

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