April 28, 1987 |
For 10 years, Sid Mark played nothing but Sinatra on his weekly radio show. Sinatra's people loved it and kept calling from the Coast. "What can we do for you, Sid?" they asked. "You want a TV, a couple extra records?" Sid wanted only one thing - to meet Frank. "Sure, kid, sure," Sinatra's people would say. But Frank never called. In 1966, Mark got an early release of a new Sinatra album and played it continuously for two days. A local record store sold out its 200 advance copies in one day, restocked overnight and sold out again the next day. Sinatra heard about it and went wild.
May 9, 1986 |
After almost 50 years of plying his trade, Frank Sinatra still calls himself a simple "saloon singer. " Yet to these respectful ears, he's a national treasure, and also, I fear, something of an endangered species - the first and last of a vanishing breed. For who else will sing the great songs of the 1930s and '40s and '50s, the works of the Rodgers and Harts, Johnny Mercers and the (recently departed) Harold Arlens, when Sinatra is gone? Linda Ronstadt? Carly Simon?
March 18, 2011
Phillippe Sinatra Ryan Phillippe also has a fascination - formerly an obsession - with Frank Sinatra. "I didn't date much in high school," he said, "and when I was 16 I used to drive around in my dad's pickup on Friday night and listen to Sid Mark. " A particular fan of Ol' Blue Eyes' 1950s period, "when his voice and swagger peaked," Phillippe named his daughter Ava (after Sinatra love Ava Gardner) and his bulldog, who passed away last year, Frank. He became this macho icon, Phillippe said of his idol, and he started as "a little runt of a guy from Hoboken.
January 2, 1991 |
Can it be that Frank Sinatra is 75? The finger-snapping Frankie, who began his career before Elvis was born, continues to please audiences at an age when most people settle into a rocking chair. Hardly a day goes by that Sinatra's sound doesn't appear in my head - unexpected, but like an old friend, hardly unwelcome. When a mood darkens, some people call on a mantra, or count to 10; I recall "A Foggy Day" or "World On A String" and the skies lighten. It's a wondrous quality how some entertainers - Satchmo, Caruso, Judy Garland, for instance - have worn their hearts on their sleeves and given joy and inspiration to an audience.
August 30, 1986 |
A rumor that's been around since spring was confirmed yesterday when Frank Sinatra's manager announced that the singer would give a concert on Sept. 27 in Milan, his first performance in Italy in 23 years. No word on where he'll sing, but the story in April was that negotiations were under way to have him appear at La Scala. Sinatra, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra, will play Milan after a two-day gig in Madrid's Bernabeau soccer stadium. NELSON'S SUIT Kristin Nelson, divorced wife of Rick Nelson, and their four children have filed a wrongful death suit against three companies in connection with the Dec. 31 ariplane crash that killed the singer in Texas.
July 15, 1989 |
It was a struggling band with an unknown vocalist that trooped into a Brunswick Records studio in New York 50 years ago this week to cut a pair of sides called "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Melancholy Mood. " They left still struggling; the disc sold only 8,000 copies. But shed no tears. The Harry James Orchestra went on to have nine No. 1 hits, and the unknown vocalist, Frank Sinatra, went on to sing better than almost anyone else in his century. Furthermore, young as Sinatra's first recorded-and-released vocals sound today, the seeds were already there.
March 8, 1994 |
Frank Sinatra rested at his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home yesterday, a day after collapsing onstage during a performance at the Mosque auditorium in Richmond, Va. He said it was "very, very good to be home" and his spokeswoman said he'll resume his tour in a few weeks. Sunday night, three hours after being rushed by ambulance to the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, the entertainer strode out of the facility. "He decided he wanted to leave and he left," said a hospital spokesman.
March 9, 1995 |
Friends of Frank Sinatra are cranking up a tribute to the unofficially retired performer at Manhattan's Carnegie Hall in late July. Signed up so far: Tony Bennett, Jack Jones, Vic Damone, Linda Ronstadt, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra Jr. The chairman's spokesman said the singer won't perform but is "delighted" about the tribute, which might take up three nights. Meanwhile, in a new book out next month, Shirley MacLaine writes lovingly and longingly about the toll that age has taken on her old Rat Pack pals, Sinatra and Dean Martin.
October 28, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY'S dire financial straits have made it a punching bag for those who believe the town's glory days are behind it. But don't count Frank Sinatra Jr. among them. "I think Atlantic City is coming back," insisted Sinatra, who plays Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa tonight and tomorrow. "It is Atlantic City that draws people to Atlantic City," he added, citing those things - the beach, ocean and Boardwalk - that the town's Pennsylvania-based competition can't, and never will, claim.
July 18, 1991 |
A blond woman in a bright orange jumpsuit grabs your wrist, asking you to look straight into her powder-blue eyes while she confesses just how deeply her feelings run for Frank Sinatra: "He teaches life," she says. "It's like he was the teacher and I was the student. " Alice Frascella of Philadelphia is one of many worshipers. "He's Babe Ruth when it comes to music," said Marty McCrossen, 37, of South Philadelphia. "He's probably the best thing to happen to popular music.