Thursday, February 28, 2008

Nancy Sinatra Sr. Suffers Heart Attack

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sinatra Family today after Nancy Sr. suffered a heart attack a few weeks ago. According to WENN, Nancy was discharged from the hospital last week and is currently at her home in Beverly Hills.
Nancy was Frank Sinatra's first wife and is the mother of his three children (Nancy Jr., Tina and Frank Jr.)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Liza on Frank: "What I did was treat him like my uncle!"

Liza Minelli will take the stage for the grand finale of the 20th Annual Frank Sinatra Countrywide Celebrity Invitational Gala to be held at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort in Indian Wells, CA.
I always wondered how Liza became part of the 1987 reunion tour of the Rat Pack. This article from The Desert Sun newspaper explains that she filled in for a grieving Dean Martin and that she considered Frank to be one of her parents' friends and never a close friend or love interest.

FULL ARTICLE

Frank Sinatra Countrywide Celebrity Golf Invitational


The 20th Annual Frank Sinatra Countrywide Celebrity Invitational begins tomorrow in Indian Wells, CA. Notable celebrities scheduled to attend include Pat Boone, Jerry Vale, Joe Mantegna, Cheech Marin, and Alan Thicke as well as many retired sports stars. Liza Minelli will perform Saturday night with the golf taking place on Friday and Saturday. Events and activities are scheduled Thursday through Sunday.

http://www.sinatragolf.org

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Frank Sinatra Has A Cold - (Esquire 1966)

This story ran in Esquire in April of 1966 and has been republished by the magazine on its website. Link is below.

I'm impressed by the way author Gay Talese captures the inner workings of Sinatra without actually interviewing him. It is almost completely an observational piece but Talese succeeds in making the reader feel as if he is present for the many different Sinatra moments he describes. It seems as if Sinatra wears his emotions on his sleeve to such a great degree that just describing his actions is as effective as asking him direct questions. Frank Sinatra was transparent yet unpredictable.

If you'd like to engulf yourself in Frank's world for a short while I highly recommend this article. It takes you from his relationships with his wives and ex-wives to his adoration of his parents to his need to keep his close friends with him at all times (the first official celebrity entourage). The most telling portion of the story centers around his desire to get away from the widespread publicity and the paparazzi but his obvious respect for his fans and his co-workers on an individual level. Sit down, play some Sinatra, and take 20 minutes to read this article....

FULL STORY HERE

Friday, February 15, 2008

Spirit of Sinatra Shop -- NOW OPEN

Well it comes 1 day late for Valentine's Day but better late than never. The Spirit of Sinatra shop is open for business. Just click on "Shopping" in the menu bar to the left and you'll enter my new aStore courtesy of Amazon.com. You can find everything Sinatra-related right here and it's all linked directly to your Amazon account. MP3 downloads, CDs, DVDs and books are available.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Frank's Upper East Side Abode Up For Sale

At $6 million, I don't think I'll be living in Frank's old place anytime soon. I wouldn't mind taking a quick look at an open house if I'm in town though! Here's the article from the New York Observer.

Talk Like Frank...

I came across a funny website today called The Art of Manliness. Check out the link to a list of Sinatra-style vocabulary words that are no question hard to pull off for anyone but Frank.

Alicia Keys and Frank Sinatra 2008 Grammys

"Learnin' The Blues" performed by Alicia Keys and Frank (live via video recording) at the 2008 Grammy Awards held on Sunday, February 10th.

SOS PODCAST #1

Please click on the link above to listen to the first edition of the Spirit of Sinatra Podcast. Feel free to email me with suggestions anytime at mike@spiritofsinatra.com

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