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  1. #7661

    6 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 3–9, 1983: Again at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    FEBRUARY 1–8, 1978: Frank returned to Caesars for another week.

    FEBRUARY 6–7, 1976: Producer George Schlatter: "We did a TV show with him and John Denver. I put together the longest medley I have ever done, which was a look back musically at the career of FS. Behind Frank and John there were three huge screens, all intertwined with projectors—his whole career would be projected on these screens. And in front of him there were guys from the Harry James band on one side, the Tommy Dorsey band on the other side, the Nelson Riddle orchestra in the center, and Basie in front. A hundred musicians. And top to bottom, it was a 14-minute medley. I said, 'We're going to do this in one take, and I want it rehearsed. I want the band here at twelve o'clock, ready to rehearse. Frank's not on call till one, but I want to know everybody's there.'

    "They're all there and we got the sound balanced, and at 12:30 Frank walks in—half an hour early—and says, 'How long am I gonna have to wait?' And I said, 'Nelson?' And Nelson played the medley. And Frank said, 'That sounds pretty good.' I said, 'Would you like to sing that once?' He said, 'Yeah, of course I'd like to sing it once.' So he and John sang the medley. And Frank said, 'What are we gonna do now?' I said, 'Well, you don't need it, but John needs to rehearse again, 'cause these are new songs to him.' And so they ran through the medley again, and Frank says to me, 'Well, what time do we do this?' I said, 'The audience is coming at seven o'clock.' He said, 'Damn. What do you think, why don't we do it at six?' I said, 'Hey, that sounds good to me.' He said, 'No, really.' So we went around and got an audience together. And now we're ready to go. And you've got to understand, there's a hundred musicians on stage and three projectors and seven cameras and a 14-minute medley of songs, some of which John Denver really didn't know.

    "So Frank comes out of the dressing room about five till six, and he says, 'How late are we gonna be?' I said, 'We are gonna start at six o'clock, Mr. Sinatra.' And he says, 'OK.' Now we get up there and Weintraub says to me, 'This is it, one take.' And I say, 'Absolutely.' I know how Frank hates to rehearse and how he hates to do more than one take.

    "He starts singing and it was great. But in the middle of the medley, your father hits a clam that you could drive a truck through. Really blows a note. He may have only hit six in his life, but this was number one or two of the six. The rest of the medley is great and we go downstairs, everybody tells him, 'That was great, that was great.' I was standing there and I didn't say anything. He said, 'What do you think?' I said, 'I loved almost all of it.' He said, 'Did you hear it?' I said, 'Yeah.' He says, 'Are you telling me you want me to do it again?' I said, 'I'm telling you, you want to do it again.' So he looks at me, and he could look longer at you in a few seconds than anyone in this world, 'cause those big blue eyes go right through you like two laser beams. And he looked at me for what seemed, oh, three and a half years, and everybody kinda backed up like there was going to be some kind of short-out, 'cause he's not crazy about retakes. He says, 'I'll give you four bars on either side.' I said, 'Deal.' He knew where it was, what it was, sang it again and that was the best note he ever hit in his whole life. He got to the end of the four bars and said, 'Good night, everybody,' and he was in the car and gone while everybody was still applauding."


    "...I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king.
    I've been up and down and over and out and I know one thing,
    Each time I find myself flat on my face,
    I pick myself up and get back in the race..."

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1965: Frank headlined with his old friend Joe E. Lewis in a two-week stand at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

    JANUARY 23–FEBRUARY 12, 1963: Frank, Dean, and Sammy did three weeks at the Sands.

    FEBRUARY 5–6, 1962: The production company was in New York filming climactic scenes for The Manchurian Candidate at Madison Square Garden.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1961: Dad performed to packed houses for every show of a two week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.

    JANUARY 26–FEBRUARY 13, 1960: The members of the Summit filmed Ocean's Eleven on location in Vegas. It was the first of four films in which they starred together. FS played the ringleader of a gang of former Air Force buddies—including Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey, along with Richard Conte and Henry Silva—who orchestrate a military-style holdup of five Las Vegas casinos. Of the Summit movies, my father said, "Of course they're not great movies. No one could claim that. We're not setting out to make Hamlet or Gone with the Wind. We gotta make pictures the people enjoy. Entertainment."

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

    FEBRUARY 2–8, 1940: When the Dorsey band opened at the Lyric Theatre in Indianapolis, the theater's ad in the Indianapolis Star listed Tommy's name in inch-high letters. At the bottom, in 1/8-inch type, was a listing for "Frank Sinatra, Romantic Virtuoso."

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  2. #7662
    I always enjoy re-reading George Schlatter's account of FS's medley with John Denver!
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  3. #7663

    7 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 7, 1986: He celebrated President Reagan's 75th birthday at the White House.

    FEBRUARY 7, 8, 10, 11, 1985: He appeared at the Sunrise Musical Theater in Ft. Lauderdale.

    FEBRUARY 3–9, 1983: Again at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    FEBRUARY 1–8, 1978: Frank returned to Caesars for another week.

    FEBRUARY 6–7, 1976: Producer George Schlatter: "We did a TV show with him and John Denver. I put together the longest medley I have ever done, which was a look back musically at the career of FS. Behind Frank and John there were three huge screens, all intertwined with projectors—his whole career would be projected on these screens. And in front of him there were guys from the Harry James band on one side, the Tommy Dorsey band on the other side, the Nelson Riddle orchestra in the center, and Basie in front. A hundred musicians. And top to bottom, it was a 14-minute medley. I said, 'We're going to do this in one take, and I want it rehearsed. I want the band here at twelve o'clock, ready to rehearse. Frank's not on call till one, but I want to know everybody's there.'

    "They're all there and we got the sound balanced, and at 12:30 Frank walks in—half an hour early—and says, 'How long am I gonna have to wait?' And I said, 'Nelson?' And Nelson played the medley. And Frank said, 'That sounds pretty good.' I said, 'Would you like to sing that once?' He said, 'Yeah, of course I'd like to sing it once.' So he and John sang the medley. And Frank said, 'What are we gonna do now?' I said, 'Well, you don't need it, but John needs to rehearse again, 'cause these are new songs to him.' And so they ran through the medley again, and Frank says to me, 'Well, what time do we do this?' I said, 'The audience is coming at seven o'clock.' He said, 'Damn. What do you think, why don't we do it at six?' I said, 'Hey, that sounds good to me.' He said, 'No, really.' So we went around and got an audience together. And now we're ready to go. And you've got to understand, there's a hundred musicians on stage and three projectors and seven cameras and a 14-minute medley of songs, some of which John Denver really didn't know.

    "So Frank comes out of the dressing room about five till six, and he says, 'How late are we gonna be?' I said, 'We are gonna start at six o'clock, Mr. Sinatra.' And he says, 'OK.' Now we get up there and Weintraub says to me, 'This is it, one take.' And I say, 'Absolutely.' I know how Frank hates to rehearse and how he hates to do more than one take.

    "He starts singing and it was great. But in the middle of the medley, your father hits a clam that you could drive a truck through. Really blows a note. He may have only hit six in his life, but this was number one or two of the six. The rest of the medley is great and we go downstairs, everybody tells him, 'That was great, that was great.' I was standing there and I didn't say anything. He said, 'What do you think?' I said, 'I loved almost all of it.' He said, 'Did you hear it?' I said, 'Yeah.' He says, 'Are you telling me you want me to do it again?' I said, 'I'm telling you, you want to do it again.' So he looks at me, and he could look longer at you in a few seconds than anyone in this world, 'cause those big blue eyes go right through you like two laser beams. And he looked at me for what seemed, oh, three and a half years, and everybody kinda backed up like there was going to be some kind of short-out, 'cause he's not crazy about retakes. He says, 'I'll give you four bars on either side.' I said, 'Deal.' He knew where it was, what it was, sang it again and that was the best note he ever hit in his whole life. He got to the end of the four bars and said, 'Good night, everybody,' and he was in the car and gone while everybody was still applauding."

    FEBRUARY 7–11, 1973: The All-American Collegiate Golf Association, which raised money for scholarships, named him Man of the Year.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1965: Frank headlined with his old friend Joe E. Lewis in a two-week stand at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

    JANUARY 23–FEBRUARY 12, 1963: Frank, Dean, and Sammy did three weeks at the Sands.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1961: Dad performed to packed houses for every show of a two week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.

    FEBRUARY 7, 1960: According to her autobiography, Judith Campbell met John F. Kennedy at Dad's table in the lounge of the Sands Hotel in Vegas.

    JANUARY 26–FEBRUARY 13, 1960: The members of the Summit filmed Ocean's Eleven on location in Vegas. It was the first of four films in which they starred together. FS played the ringleader of a gang of former Air Force buddies—including Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey, along with Richard Conte and Henry Silva—who orchestrate a military-style holdup of five Las Vegas casinos. Of the Summit movies, my father said, "Of course they're not great movies. No one could claim that. We're not setting out to make Hamlet or Gone with the Wind. We gotta make pictures the people enjoy. Entertainment."

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

    FEBRUARY 2–8, 1940: When the Dorsey band opened at the Lyric Theatre in Indianapolis, the theater's ad in the Indianapolis Star listed Tommy's name in inch-high letters. At the bottom, in 1/8-inch type, was a listing for "Frank Sinatra, Romantic Virtuoso."

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  4. #7664

    8 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 7, 8, 10, 11, 1985: He appeared at the Sunrise Musical Theater in Ft. Lauderdale.

    FEBRUARY 3–9, 1983: Again at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    FEBRUARY 1–8, 1978: Frank returned to Caesars for another week.

    FEBRUARY 7–11, 1973: The All-American Collegiate Golf Association, which raised money for scholarships, named him Man of the Year.

    FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, 1972: Stepping up his schedule of charity work, Dad joined Arnold Palmer in co-sponsoring a Day with the All-Americans benefit golf tournament in Palm Springs on behalf of the Tony Lema Scholarship Fund. He also hosted a benefit for the Palm Springs Police Department, then played a mixed doubles tennis match on behalf of a Palm Springs hospital.


    Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope intersect
    once again.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1965: Frank headlined with his old friend Joe E. Lewis in a two-week stand at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

    JANUARY 23–FEBRUARY 12, 1963: Frank, Dean, and Sammy did three weeks at the Sands.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1961: Dad performed to packed houses for every show of a two week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.

    JANUARY 26–FEBRUARY 13, 1960: The members of the Summit filmed Ocean's Eleven on location in Vegas. It was the first of four films in which they starred together. FS played the ringleader of a gang of former Air Force buddies—including Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey, along with Richard Conte and Henry Silva—who orchestrate a military-style holdup of five Las Vegas casinos. Of the Summit movies, my father said, "Of course they're not great movies. No one could claim that. We're not setting out to make Hamlet or Gone with the Wind. We gotta make pictures the people enjoy. Entertainment."

    FEBRUARY 8, 1958: When he got word on location that his friend and mentor Manie Sacks was dying of leukemia, FS flew to Philadelphia to be at Manie's bedside. Manie's death the next day, so soon after Bogart's, was a blow that staggered my father for a long time to come. Maine Sacks' nephew Herman Rush remembered Dad's visit to the hospital: "The doctor had issued standing orders—no visitors—but one afternoon the rule was broken by a young man on the thin side who stopped by the hospital to see Manie. 'Just say Frank Sinatra's calling.' Unexpected, unannounced, Sinatra had suddenly closed down production of Kings Go Forth, a movie he was starring in, covered the cost of a two-day shutdown personally, and had flown to Philadelphia to see Manie."


    When Uncle Manie Sacks died, my
    father cried. He said, "When I holler
    for help, he ain't gonna be there
    anymore. There's a little bit of Manie
    in everything good that has ever
    happened to me."

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

    FEBRUARY 8, 1952: Dad's latest film, Meet Danny Wilson—in which he starred as a brash but likable young crooner—premiered at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco, and he attended the opening. There were some great songs in this one, including "I've Got a Crush on You," "She's Funny That Way," "You're a Sweetheart," and "All of Me." The Los Angeles Times observed that Danny Wilson's rise to fame and fortune as a bobby-soxer idol was "so much like Frankie's that the parallel is inescapable." The film didn't fare well at the box office.



    Frank, Ava, Dolly, and Marty attend the premiere of Meet Danny Wilson.
    "It was the first role I could sink my teeth into," Dad recalled.

    FEBRUARY 8, 1947: He gave a "Command Performance" show for the armed forces in Miami.

    FEBRUARY 2–8, 1940: When the Dorsey band opened at the Lyric Theatre in Indianapolis, the theater's ad in the Indianapolis Star listed Tommy's name in inch-high letters. At the bottom, in 1/8-inch type, was a listing for "Frank Sinatra, Romantic Virtuoso."

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  5. #7665

    9 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 3–9, 1983: Again at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    FEBRUARY 9, 1975: With Frank hosting the ceremony, Orson Welles received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

    FEBRUARY 7–11, 1973: The All-American Collegiate Golf Association, which raised money for scholarships, named him Man of the Year.

    FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, 1972: Stepping up his schedule of charity work, Dad joined Arnold Palmer in co-sponsoring a Day with the All-Americans benefit golf tournament in Palm Springs on behalf of the Tony Lema Scholarship Fund. He also hosted a benefit for the Palm Springs Police Department, then played a mixed doubles tennis match on behalf of a Palm Springs hospital.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1965: Frank headlined with his old friend Joe E. Lewis in a two-week stand at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

    JANUARY 23–FEBRUARY 12, 1963: Frank, Dean, and Sammy did three weeks at the Sands.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1961: Dad performed to packed houses for every show of a two week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.

    JANUARY 26–FEBRUARY 13, 1960: The members of the Summit filmed Ocean's Eleven on location in Vegas. It was the first of four films in which they starred together. FS played the ringleader of a gang of former Air Force buddies—including Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey, along with Richard Conte and Henry Silva—who orchestrate a military-style holdup of five Las Vegas casinos. Of the Summit movies, my father said, "Of course they're not great movies. No one could claim that. We're not setting out to make Hamlet or Gone with the Wind. We gotta make pictures the people enjoy. Entertainment."

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

    FEBRUARY 9, 1940: Still on the road, the [Dorsey] band played a college date at the University of Michigan.

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  6. #7666

    10 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 7, 8, 10, 11, 1985: He appeared at the Sunrise Musical Theater in Ft. Lauderdale.

    FEBRUARY 7–11, 1973: The All-American Collegiate Golf Association, which raised money for scholarships, named him Man of the Year.

    FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, 1972: Stepping up his schedule of charity work, Dad joined Arnold Palmer in co-sponsoring a Day with the All-Americans benefit golf tournament in Palm Springs on behalf of the Tony Lema Scholarship Fund. He also hosted a benefit for the Palm Springs Police Department, then played a mixed doubles tennis match on behalf of a Palm Springs hospital.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1965: Frank headlined with his old friend Joe E. Lewis in a two-week stand at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

    JANUARY 23–FEBRUARY 12, 1963: Frank, Dean, and Sammy did three weeks at the Sands.

    FEBRUARY 10, 1962: He appeared at a special benefit screening of Sergeants 3 for handicapped children at the Capitol Theater in New York.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1961: Dad performed to packed houses for every show of a two week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.

    JANUARY 26–FEBRUARY 13, 1960: The members of the Summit filmed Ocean's Eleven on location in Vegas. It was the first of four films in which they starred together. FS played the ringleader of a gang of former Air Force buddies—including Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey, along with Richard Conte and Henry Silva—who orchestrate a military-style holdup of five Las Vegas casinos. Of the Summit movies, my father said, "Of course they're not great movies. No one could claim that. We're not setting out to make Hamlet or Gone with the Wind. We gotta make pictures the people enjoy. Entertainment."

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

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  7. #7667

    11 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 7, 8, 10, 11, 1985: He appeared at the Sunrise Musical Theater in Ft. Lauderdale.

    FEBRUARY 11–17, 1982: Comedian Pat Henry, a longtime friend of Dad's who frequently opened for him, died in his sleep during an engagement at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 7–11, 1973: The All-American Collegiate Golf Association, which raised money for scholarships, named him Man of the Year.

    FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, 1972: Stepping up his schedule of charity work, Dad joined Arnold Palmer in co-sponsoring a Day with the All-Americans benefit golf tournament in Palm Springs on behalf of the Tony Lema Scholarship Fund. He also hosted a benefit for the Palm Springs Police Department, then played a mixed doubles tennis match on behalf of a Palm Springs hospital.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1965: Frank headlined with his old friend Joe E. Lewis in a two-week stand at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

    JANUARY 23–FEBRUARY 12, 1963: Frank, Dean, and Sammy did three weeks at the Sands.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1961: Dad performed to packed houses for every show of a two week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.

    JANUARY 26–FEBRUARY 13, 1960: The members of the Summit filmed Ocean's Eleven on location in Vegas. It was the first of four films in which they starred together. FS played the ringleader of a gang of former Air Force buddies—including Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey, along with Richard Conte and Henry Silva—who orchestrate a military-style holdup of five Las Vegas casinos. Of the Summit movies, my father said, "Of course they're not great movies. No one could claim that. We're not setting out to make Hamlet or Gone with the Wind. We gotta make pictures the people enjoy. Entertainment."

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

    FEBRUARY 11, 1947: En route to Mexico City for a vacation with Mom, Dad stopped off for two days to gamble in Havana. Deplaning from a Pan-American clipper, he was allegedly photographed with Rocco and Joe Fischetti, former childhood acquaintances from Hoboken. After a day spent at a casino and the racetrack, friends of the Fischettis invited him to join a group in the dining room of the Hotel Nacional. Later that evening, another photographer allegedly took Dad's picture with several other friends of the Fischettis. One of them was Charles "Lucky" Luciano, deported boss of the Cosa Nostra crime syndicate. In a series of articles, Lee Mortimer of the Hearst syndicate accused my father of being a sidekick of mobsters, which only exacerbated the continuing FBI investigation. Publicist George Evans had to fly to Havana to discuss these charges with Dad, telling him that his career was in jeopardy and he had better return home. My father followed Evans' advice. Unfortunately, this story—which would later be blown completely out of proportion—wouldn't go away.

    FEBRUARY 11, 1941: Still in New York—continuing on the Fame and Fortune show every Thursday night on NBC radio—the [Dorsey] band made a second sold-out appearance at the Meadowbrook.

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  8. #7668

    12 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 12, 1983: At the "Love In II" benefit at the Canyon Country Club and Hotel for the Desert Hospital, FS performed with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., George Kirby, and me.



    Frank, Dean, and Sammy. Three guys who just happened to meet, just happened to become brothers? Dean says it was Frank's plan. I believe it was God's plan. Dean: "Frank and I are brothers, right? Blood brothers. We cut the top of our thumbs and we became brothers. He wanted to cut the wrist. I said, 'What, are you, crazy? No, here's good enough.' To me, he's always been my brother. We're alike."

    FEBRUARY 11–17, 1982: Comedian Pat Henry, a longtime friend of Dad's who frequently opened for him, died in his sleep during an engagement at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 12–18, 1981: Back onstage for another week at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, 1972: Stepping up his schedule of charity work, Dad joined Arnold Palmer in co-sponsoring a Day with the All-Americans benefit golf tournament in Palm Springs on behalf of the Tony Lema Scholarship Fund. He also hosted a benefit for the Palm Springs Police Department, then played a mixed doubles tennis match on behalf of a Palm Springs hospital.

    FEBRUARY 12, 1967: With only a piano as accompaniment, Dad appeared along with Ethel Merman, Gene Kelly, Garson Kanin, and others at a benefit for the University of Southern California library: a glorious two-hour tribute to the genius of the late Cole Porter. He sang a lovely ballad version of "I've Got You Under My Skin."

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1965: Frank headlined with his old friend Joe E. Lewis in a two-week stand at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

    JANUARY 23–FEBRUARY 12, 1963: Frank, Dean, and Sammy did three weeks at the Sands.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1961: Dad performed to packed houses for every show of a two week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.

    JANUARY 26–FEBRUARY 13, 1960: The members of the Summit filmed Ocean's Eleven on location in Vegas. It was the first of four films in which they starred together. FS played the ringleader of a gang of former Air Force buddies—including Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey, along with Richard Conte and Henry Silva—who orchestrate a military-style holdup of five Las Vegas casinos. Of the Summit movies, my father said, "Of course they're not great movies. No one could claim that. We're not setting out to make Hamlet or Gone with the Wind. We gotta make pictures the people enjoy. Entertainment."

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

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  9. #7669

    13 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 13, 1983: Temple Isaiah honored FS at a groundbreaking ceremony in Palm Springs.

    FEBRUARY 11–17, 1982: Comedian Pat Henry, a longtime friend of Dad's who frequently opened for him, died in his sleep during an engagement at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 12–18, 1981: Back onstage for another week at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 13–18, 1979: Six nights at Chicago's Arie Crown Theater.

    FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, 1972: Stepping up his schedule of charity work, Dad joined Arnold Palmer in co-sponsoring a Day with the All-Americans benefit golf tournament in Palm Springs on behalf of the Tony Lema Scholarship Fund. He also hosted a benefit for the Palm Springs Police Department, then played a mixed doubles tennis match on behalf of a Palm Springs hospital.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1965: Frank headlined with his old friend Joe E. Lewis in a two-week stand at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

    FEBRUARY 13, 1962: Ted Steele, a DJ and major fan, hosted a Sinatrathon on New York's WINS: 66 consecutive hours of Sinatra songs.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1961: Dad performed to packed houses for every show of a two week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.

    JANUARY 26–FEBRUARY 13, 1960: The members of the Summit filmed Ocean's Eleven on location in Vegas. It was the first of four films in which they starred together. FS played the ringleader of a gang of former Air Force buddies—including Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey, along with Richard Conte and Henry Silva—who orchestrate a military-style holdup of five Las Vegas casinos. Of the Summit movies, my father said, "Of course they're not great movies. No one could claim that. We're not setting out to make Hamlet or Gone with the Wind. We gotta make pictures the people enjoy. Entertainment."

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

    FEBRUARY 13, 1943: By the time he made his second sold-out appearance at the Paramount, Dad had left his Reflections series and joined the cast of CBS' Your Hit Parade, sponsored by Lucky Strike, a musical countdown of the top hits and Saturday night's most popular weekly radio show. Working with research, which included sales of records, sheet music, and the number of times records were played on jukeboxes, the Hit Parade disclosed and ranked the most popular songs in the country. With even the cast and crew sworn to keep the results secret until airtime, all week people waited eagerly for the countdown, during which they'd learn of the ratings and hear the songs sung by the top talent in America. Your Hit Parade producers had long viewed vocalists as incidental to the orchestra, but Frank's effect on the show was immediate and emphatic: The vocalist became the star.



    CROONING ON THE AIRWAVES: During World War II, with 10 million men and women in uniform, tens of millions more involved in the war effort and some of the big bands traveling overseas, network radio began to overshadow the impact of recorded music on malt-shop jukeboxes and home phonographs around the country. New radio personalities emerged—mostly comedians like Bob Hope, Edgar Bergen, Fred Allen, and Fibber McGee and Molly. Vocalists like Frank Sinatra became popular with big bands in live radio "remotes" from theater and nightclub stages. As the importance of radio in promoting music became evident, networks like NBC/RCA began expanding their own record labels.

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  10. #7670

    14 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 14–17 AND MARCH 15–16, 1985: In Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget.

    FEBRUARY 11–17, 1982: Comedian Pat Henry, a longtime friend of Dad's who frequently opened for him, died in his sleep during an engagement at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 12–18, 1981: Back onstage for another week at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 13–18, 1979: Six nights at Chicago's Arie Crown Theater.

    FEBRUARY 14–17, 1975: Dad performed again at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe.

    FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, 1972: Stepping up his schedule of charity work, Dad joined Arnold Palmer in co-sponsoring a Day with the All-Americans benefit golf tournament in Palm Springs on behalf of the Tony Lema Scholarship Fund. He also hosted a benefit for the Palm Springs Police Department, then played a mixed doubles tennis match on behalf of a Palm Springs hospital.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1965: Frank headlined with his old friend Joe E. Lewis in a two-week stand at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

    FEBRUARY 14, 1962: Michael Romanoff was "the Emperor" and one of Hollywood's most colorful figures. Though born not in Russia but in Brooklyn, and not Romanoff but Gergenson, he adopted a royal Russian identity and bestowed gifts of land or water on his subjects, Frank, Sammy, Dean, and Jimmy Van Heusen. If Dad did something especially well, Michael would say, "Well done, old boy," and make him a gift of the Ural Mountains or the Volga River. Michael and his wife were proprietors of Romanoff's restaurant in Beverly Hills. He was a unique, darling man with great style. Many years older than Frank, he became something of a father figure. It was reported that Romanoff threw the engagement party for Frank and Juliet on Valentine's Day at his restaurant.


    "The Emperor," Michael Romanoff, with
    one of his loyal subjects in the pool at
    Dad's Palm Springs place.

    FEBRUARY 1–14, 1961: Dad performed to packed houses for every show of a two week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

    FEBRUARY 14, 1950: Humiliated by press accounts of her husband in Houston with Ava, Mom announced that they were splitting up—on Valentine's Day. As a Catholic, she couldn't divorce him, so she filed for a legal separation, which would grant Dad his freedom. Press reaction was swift and harsh, with him depicted as a heel and Ava as a homewrecker. One day while I was playing dress-up in Mom's dressing room, I climbed up on a chair to get a shoebox off a shelf and knocked to the floor a stack of magazines that Mom had hidden in her closet. They were movie magazines—Modern Screen, Photoplay, and so forth—and they were filled with pictures of Dad and a pretty lady named Ava Gardner, and Mom and Frankie and Baby Tina and me. There were also pictures of Dad with other ladies. I remember Marilyn Maxwell and Lana Turner. I was devastated—just like Mom. He had left me, too. I knew then that this trip was different. This was the long goodbye we had rehearsed so often, but the one I could never completely accept. My brother was to suffer, too. And my infant sister and her father said goodbye before she could even say hello.

    Eventually, inevitably, I would meet this other woman. The first time we met, there was no preparation. It was meant to be matter-of-fact. They were living in a house in Coldwater Canyon. My father picked me up and said, "I want to show you my house." When we went in, there was a woman upstairs at her dressing table, brushing her shoulder-length hair. Daddy said, "Chicken, this is Ava." I said, "Hi, how do you do?" or whatever, just as I had been taught, and that was that. Except that instead of feeling pain or resentment or anger, what I saw helped me understand what my father felt. And he was clearly swept away. My heart melted just looking at her. I was only a kid. I didn't know about beauty—that awesome kind of beauty that takes your breath away. She was just the most beautiful creature I had ever seen in my life. I couldn't stop staring at her. At last, in my preteenage wisdom, I had some understanding of why Daddy left us. In 1984, I asked him if, given the choice again, he would have left us, and he said, "No."



    AVA GARDNER ON THE MORALS OF THE FIFTIES: When Nancy said, "My married life with Frank has become unhappy and almost unbearable," the shit really hit the fan. In the next few weeks, I received scores of letters accusing me of being a scarlet woman and worse. One correspondent addressed me as "Bitch-Jezebel-Gardner," the Legion of Decency threatened to ban my movies, and Catholic priests found the time to write me accusatory letters. I even read where the Sisters of Mary and Joseph asked their students at St. Paul the Apostle School in Los Angeles to pray for Frank's poor wife. I didn't understand then and still don't why there should be this prurient mass hysteria about a male and a female climbing into bed and doing what comes naturally.



    TINA ON THE SPLIT-UP: When he left home, I was a baby, so I wasn't accustomed to a man in the house. I didn't feel the wrench; I didn't know him. Conversely, I had to deal with this very nice man coming through our lives from time to time. It was always—certainly—a special occasion. But there was a point where you realized that everything had to be just so. You know, we had to get cleaned and washed and combed and groomed and it wasn't comfortable. And he would come and go and come and go. And I didn't know where to find him. But I think I've gotten off a lot easier than others. I never had the feelings of what I'm told all children go through, where the child feels as much to blame—he's left me, not you, Mommy. What I did feel was that when he was around, I was different. I couldn't figure out why. Who is "he" that I should change? I used to feel nervous when I was going to see him. I had anxiety.

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    15 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 14–17 AND MARCH 15–16, 1985: In Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget.

    FEBRUARY 11–17, 1982: Comedian Pat Henry, a longtime friend of Dad's who frequently opened for him, died in his sleep during an engagement at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 12–18, 1981: Back onstage for another week at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 15, 1980: A benefit for the Desert Hospital at the Canyon Country Club and Hotel in Palm Springs.

    FEBRUARY 13–18, 1979: Six nights at Chicago's Arie Crown Theater.

    FEBRUARY 14–17, 1975: Dad performed again at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe.

    FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, 1972: Stepping up his schedule of charity work, Dad joined Arnold Palmer in co-sponsoring a Day with the All-Americans benefit golf tournament in Palm Springs on behalf of the Tony Lema Scholarship Fund. He also hosted a benefit for the Palm Springs Police Department, then played a mixed doubles tennis match on behalf of a Palm Springs hospital.

    FEBRUARY 15, 1964: Frank and Dean Martin appeared on Bing's CBS television special.

    FEBRUARY 15, 1960: In another of his Timex television shows [Here's To The Ladies], Dad hosted a distinguished guest, Eleanor Roosevelt, in addition to Lena Horne and a repeat visit from his girlfriend Juliet Prowse.


    Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of one of
    my father's greatest heroes, graced
    the stage on his February 1960
    television show.

    FEBRUARY 6–15, 1953: During his appearance with the Bob Harrington Orchestra at the Chez Paree in Montreal, Dad forged a warm working relationship with pianist Bill Miller that continues today.

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  12. 16 February

    (From the Guestbook page and the online book Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra )

    FEBRUARY 14–17 AND MARCH 15–16, 1985: In Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget.

    FEBRUARY 16, 1984: FS, Dean, and Sammy performed at a benefit for St. John's Hospital at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

    FEBRUARY 11–17, 1982: Comedian Pat Henry, a longtime friend of Dad's who frequently opened for him, died in his sleep during an engagement at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 12–18, 1981: Back onstage for another week at Caesars Palace.

    FEBRUARY 13–18, 1979: Six nights at Chicago's Arie Crown Theater.

    FEBRUARY 14–17, 1975: Dad performed again at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe.

    FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, 1972: Stepping up his schedule of charity work, Dad joined Arnold Palmer in co-sponsoring a Day with the All-Americans benefit golf tournament in Palm Springs on behalf of the Tony Lema Scholarship Fund. He also hosted a benefit for the Palm Springs Police Department, then played a mixed doubles tennis match on behalf of a Palm Springs hospital.

    FEBRUARY 16–MARCH 1, 1967: FS did another two-week stint at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Before my month-long tour of Vietnam for the USO, I called my Dad and asked for his advice and blessing. I needed to have some guidelines, some information. I asked what he thought of my going on tour. He said, "Great idea. Just do what they tell you and don't do anything silly. Be aware." Be aware. The same words he had inscribed on the St. Christopher medal and key chain he gave me when I got my driver's license: "Be aware of everything around you."

    After my tour of Vietnam, having seen the horrors of war with my own eyes, I needed him again. I flew to Florida, got off the plane and went right to his show. When he spotted me, he introduced me to the audience and told them of my recent trip. They wouldn't stop applauding and he said, "Chicken, I think you'd better come up here." And I did, feeling out of place in my travel clothes in that elegant room. He said, "You'd better do something. How about 'My Buddy'?" Bill Miller, who knew the song, accompanied me.

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