On December 12, 1990, Frank Sinatra celebrated his birthday by giving a concert at Meadowlands, and having a party after it. During the concert, Sinatra started with “You Make Me Feel So Young”, sang many songs, New York New York with Liza Minnelli, and songs with Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence. At the end of the concert, every single person at the Brendan Byrne Arena shouted “Happy Birthday” to him.
Frank Sinatra: This is without a doubt the finest birthday celebration I think I’ve ever had in my life. Not think, I know. I just simply want to say I love you all dearly and I thank you for taking part in this wonderful night for me. I should never forget as long as I live. God bless you all, and good night. Thank you.
After the concert, Barbara Sinatra threw a party for Frank at Waldorf Hotel with a hundred people. She rose to her feet, made a toast, and said:
“Darling, All these years you’ve given the world beautiful, wonderful music, but you have given me the world… One more thought, the fourth time around is really lovely!” said Barbara to Frank Sinatra at the private party after his Meadowlands concert in New Jersey Wednesday on the occasion of his 75th birthday.
Mrs. Sinatra was a dedicated and ravishing hostess at the Waldorf in New York when about 200 of the creme de la creme of the Sinatra world gathered to exude the milk of human kindness together.
The party was fairly low-key and sedate, yet warm and informal. Sinatra did a karate chop at his birthday cake, as if dismissing it, and he seemed overcome with emotion after all the speeches, particularly by his wife and children. So he decided to make a few jokes about the room’s sound system. “Charlie Waldorf better get in there and do something about this room; I’ve lived in this hotel for years and was never in here before. I never want to party here again.” This was all jest and comic relief.
Steve Lawrence, as emcee, said: “A lot of people would like to say something to you tonight, Frank, but some of them have day jobs.” New York Mayor David Dinkins commented that “the danger with success is that it makes us forget injustice. This is not true of you, Mr. Chairman!”
Alan King: “Mozart and Caruso could not have given me the pleasure Frank Sinatra gave me for 50 years!”
Jule Styne dubbed Sinatra “the only man who phrases the lyric; not music.”
Liza Minnelli: “In my whole life, I have never had more pleasure or fun than I have had with you. My sister thanks you, my mother thanks you, my father thanks you and I thank you!”
Robert Wagner: “Your real talent is as a friend.”
Phyllis Wagner: “You were always giving.”
Robert Marx” “Thanks for giving so much love to my mother and making her happy.”
Roger Moore read a rave about Sinatra by the Pulitzer Prizewinning writer William Kennedy.
Jilly Rizzo: “Happy Birthday. I never thought I’d live to see the day. A lot of other people didn’t think so either.
Tina Sinatra, weeping: “You are an American treasure. I am so grateful that you’re 75 and I expect so much more from you because without you, I’m nothing.”
Frank Jr. attributed his father’s long life to his eating properly and never letting smoke or alcohol touch his tongue. Sinatra responded: “These few days have been sensational for me. It was 6000 to one that I’d get to be 50 years old, but 75? I love it. I’ve had some fun in the past weeks and a few tears.” (by Liz Smith, 16 December 1990, The Evening Post)
Today, after 21 years of this concert, we are celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 96th birthday. Much has changed since then, the whole world has changed. But there are still millions of Sinatra fans out there, and a simple Sinatra song can make their day better.
Thank you Mr. Sinatra, for singing more than a thousand songs during your career, singing perfectly. Thank you for making us cry when we are sad, without your songs “sad” is never really “sad”. Thank you for the happy days we get when we listen to your songs. You are love, you are loneliness, you are happiness. You are every feeling there is.
Happy 96th Birthday Frank Sinatra, we miss you. May you rest in piece…
PAMELA ANDERSON TO HOST FRANK SINATRA’S BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA BENFITTING THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
Three unique event experiences to honor the Chairman of the Board
Hosted by Pamela Anderson, A Swingin Affair gala, benefiting the Alzheimer’s
Association, which takes place Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the Riviera Palm
Springs, celebrates Frank Sinatra’s birthday in grand style. The event
series includes three unique celebrations in one day beginning with an
exclusive VIP cocktail party at Sinatra’s former home, gala and after party.
Performances throughout the event include Frank Sinatra Jr. and his 20-piece
Orchestra, singer/pianist Daniel Joseph Baker (America’s Got Talent), X
Factor finalist Phillip Lomax, jazz artists Matt Dusk and Luca Ellis, and
actress/Broadway star Lainie Kazan. The gala features a sumptuous
three-course dinner, signature cocktails and a star-studded blue carpet in
honor of Ol’ blue eyes.
This is not your typical gala,” says Ricardo Coronado, co-chairman of the
event. “This is a lifestyle experience. They say, ‘They don’t party like
they used to.’ Well, we do. We are bringing back the decadence of Frank’s
lifestyle and putting it into three luxurious parties in one day and night,
and if guests party like Frank did, the extravaganza could go into the next
morning. This is all about honoring Frank’s legacy, style, and swagger and
helping a great organization in the process.”
First stop is the exclusive VIP cocktail party at Sinatra’s former Twin
Palms estate, which was designed by famed architect E. Stewart Williams and
lived in by Sinatra and first wife Nancy and then Ava Gardner. Canadian jazz
artist Matt Dusk, Jr. Trio, who has three No. 1 international hits, will
perform with The Buddy Greco and cocktails and canapés will be served
poolside from 2-5 p.m.
Stop two of the night will be the main gala boasting a celebrity blue carpet
at the posh Riviera Palm Springs where Sinatra held most of his lavish
parties. Architect and visionary Irwin Schuman designed the historic
location and the event will be fashioned in the grand Hollywood Regency
The night closes with an after-party, starting at 11:30 p.m., at the swanky
Starlite Lounge in the Riviera and featues performances by Phillip Lomax,
Daniel Joseph Baker and Luca Ellis, and cocktails will be flowing into the
wee hours of the morning. A special toast and a cake will be cut at midnight
in honor of what would have been Sinatra’s 96th birthday.
Riviera Palm Springs
1600 North Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer¹s Association works on a global, national and local level to
enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer¹s and related
dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible degeneration of the brain
that causes disruptions in memory, cognition, personality, and other
functions that eventually leads to death from complete brain failure. Over
5.4 million Americans age 65 and older are thought to have Alzheimer’s
disease. Learn more at: www.alz.org.
(This post is a request, for you people to know about this gala)
There are hundreds of concerts of Frank Sinatra, but some of them are very special. This might be because one particular concert was on a historic date, or very important people attended it, or it was at a very important place, OR it was so good. This 1961 Frank Sinatra Sydney concert is a special one, because in many ways it is awesome, magnificent, and brilliant. And what’s more? We have the video of it.
Sinatra comes to stage while the orchestra is playing the music of Ring a Ding Ding and the show starts. He is totally in the mood for singing the songs in this concert, and the way he sings makes some of the songs much better than their studio versions. You can feel the swing and his energy while watching it.
When I wrote this post, there were many available videos of this concert on Youtube, but allmost all of them are taken down now. I specifically want to mention the performance of “I’ll Be Seeing You” because in my opinion, this is the best version ever. Some might find the tempo fast though. Sinatra performed this song only few times live, so it is a treasure. Below is Frank Sinatra’s “Without A Song” performance.
Here is the songs list of the concert.
I’ve Got the World on A String
I Concentrate on You
Night and Day
Moonlight in Vermont
In the Still of the Night
I’ll Be Seeing You
Day In, Day Out
The Moon Was Yellow
You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
Come Fly with Me
April in Paris
A Foggy Day
Without A Song
The Second Time Around
Young at Heart
The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
My Funny Valentine
My Blue Heaven
One for My Baby
The Lady is A Tramp
Following images are of Frank Sinatra Sydney Concert program, and concert tickets.
Frank Sinatra Fan Page of TheFrankSinatra.com on Facebook is now live!
With more than 800 million users, Facebook is impossible to ignore by any company or website as it helps to reach more people in a more efficient way. TheFrankSinatra.com has Frank Sinatra Fan Page as well, but for a different purpose. While this website is mainly for sharing information, Facebook Fan Page is only for sharing videos of Frank Sinatra performances. Since 1st of January 2011, Frank Sinatra Fan Page has reached 1.500 people and helped people to watch more than 130 performances of Sinatra, some rare some common. From now on, I will post daily videos from 60+ different concerts everyday, and they will always be at least very good performances.
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Feel free to add videos of Frank Sinatra or your questions and ideas on Frank Sinatra Fan Page to contribute. As expected, the more people take part, the more people will benefit and know Sinatra in a better way. We are used to watching videos of the same concerts over and over, but Frank Sinatra Fan Page will introduce you many concerts and photos that you might have never seen before. There are always more and good enough material to share, when it come to the legendary Frank Sinatra.
I sometimes upload many videos on YouTube at once and share them one by one on Frank Sinatra Fan Page in a long term. Subscribing to my account on YouTube will give you chance to see those videos earlier than they are shared on Frank Sinatra Fan Page on Facebook. YouTube videos have almost reached half a million views in total, I am happy to say.
Hearing wonderful news and not sharing with you? Impossible. The official Frank Sinatra fan page on facebook has announced that we have an incoming album: Sinatra: Best of the Best. This collection is told to be a beautiful marriage of songs from Capitol years and Reprise years and consists of 2 CD’s. Here are the songs.
1. I’ve Got The World On A String
2. My Funny Valentine
3. Young At Heart
4. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
5. Love And Marriage
6. You Make Me Feel So Young
7. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
8. The Lady Is A Tramp
10. All The Way
11. Come Fly With Me
12. Angel Eyes
13. Nice ‘N’ Easy
14. Night And Day
15. The Way You Look Tonight
16. My Kind Of Town
17. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
18. It Was A Very Good Year
19. Strangers In The Night
20. Summer Wind
21. That’s Life
22. My Way
23. Theme From New York, New York
CD 2 IN CONCERT Live In Seattle
1. Introduction/You Make Me Feel So Young
2. It Happened In Monterey
3. At Long Last Love
4. I Get A Kick Out Of You
5. Just One Of Those Things
6. A Foggy Day
7. The Lady Is A Tramp
8. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
9. I Won’t Dance
10. Sinatra Dialogue
11. When Your Lover Has Gone
12. Violets For Your Furs
13. My Funny Valentine
14. Glad To Be Unhappy
15. One For My Baby
16. The Tender Trap
17. Hey Jealous Lover
18. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
19. Oh! Look At Me Now
Now, I know this is just a Sinatra: Best of the Best album, not Sinatra: Best of the Best of the Best of The Best as title suggests, but thanks to the lovely authorities, some people keep choosing the best songs of Frank Sinatra for us over and over again. So in maybe 10 or 20 years, we may buy the Sinatra: Best of the Best of the Best of The Best album as well. These authorities are so good at choosing songs that they include “Love and Marriage” in this Sinatra: Best of the Best set. Okay, you may very well love that song; but including it in the best of best album? Don’t think that makes sense. Mayhaps in a “Most Popular” album.
Again, thanks to the authorities, we can pay again for the same songs. And why? Because they are in a different CD! And the album name is different! How wonderful.
How about editing and improving some unreleased concerts, making some effort for Sinatra? How about releasing some HD concerts, instead of putting the concerts together that were already released and naming it “Concert Collection” ? How about buying those 200+ recorded shows of Frank Sinatra and releasing them instead of letting them gather dust in a cellar in a club? But of course Sinatra: Best of the Best is a nice of making quick money.
My friends, there are lots of things to say, but who is listening? Making money using the name Frank Sinatra is easy. The important thing is, doing such work that Sinatra legacy deserves. Maybe one day…
As you might have noticed, there is a “What Did Sinatra Say About This Song?” section in every song, which is something I believe never done before. With my hands on more than 200+ concerts now, I believe that section will serve a lot better, and we shall be able to know a lot more about Frank Sinatra’s opinions of a spesific song. Posts will be updated by the end of Monday.
Songs are updated, and the video of Barbara Sinatra interview that was no longer on Youtube has been replaced with a new one.
Born in 1961 in Istanbul, Kerem Gorsev is one of the important jazz musicians in Turkey. I had a chance to see him perform with his trio last year, in Tony Bennett – Kerem Gorsev Trio concert, which was quite an experience. Though I am not a big fan of trios, I try to follow him from time to time to see and understand his progress, since Kerem Gorsev is the most famous cazz pianist in Turkey today. Needless to say, Kerem Gorsev has been performing in many other countries as well, due to his success. Since I know he loves Frank Sinatra, i wanted to interview with him, and he has been kind to accept my request.
Dear Kerem Gorsev, first of all, thanks for accepting my interview request. Firstly, I want to talk about you. You are one of the leading and most popular jazz musicians and pianists in Turkey. When did your first interest in jazz music appeared and who encouraged you about this or which musicians influenced you at most?
When I was studying at the music college, I showed interest in jazz music when listening to the LP’s of my brother and his friends. They used to convert them into cassettes and give me. I listened them and was impressed, and started to understand the way of that music. Bill Evans has been the first and the most influencing jazz pianist in my whole life.
What kind of jazz music do you love most? Do you try to stick to one when creating your work of arts?
I love acoustic jazz and the music of 1950s, 60s and 70s. When making my music, I stick to the traditional trio style. Quartet, quintet and big bands have also been a matter of interest for me. Combining the style and behavior of those eras and the stories that live gives me today, I am trying to find a taste and style myself.
Do you like Frank Sinatra? When did you first listen to him?
I am one of the millions of Frank Sinatra fans in the world. I have plenty of CD’s of him at my house. When I started to listen jazz music in the middle 1970s, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johny Hartman and Nat King Cole were the male vocals I love at most.
Frank Sinatra was a person who proved himself in different types of music such as jazz, swing, pop, ballad and easy listening. Which style of him do you prefer, and which songs of Frank Sinatra are your favorite ones?
Frank Sinatra has impressed me most with his recordings with large orchestras. Especially the recordings, which used the arrangement of Claus Ogerman and in which Sinatra worked with Antonio Carlos Jobim are of the most important recordings of music history. The ballads he sang in TV Shows with Dean Martin and Judy Garland with large orchestras including string sections are still listened with pleasure. The song I love at most is the ballad Nancy, which is for his daughter.
What are your opinions about the orchestration, background, arrangement and quality of Frank Sinatra songs? Can you define them as rich and qualified?
Frank Sinatra worked with the best musicians and orchestras throughout his life. Working with big bands and string orchestras and with the best orchestra conductors and arrangers such as Nelson Riddle and Claus Ogerman, Sinatra has made himself timeless with high quality music.
It is for sure that Frank Sinatra was once the best. Do you think he still has an effect on musicians of today’s world? Do people know about his art as well as his fame today?
Sinatra was one of the most important musicians of the world in his times, of course. In our times, I think musicians of the young generation use the things, which they learn when listening to Frank Sinatra’s CDs or watching his DVDs and movies, in their musical career. Frank Sinatra was a very serious, successful musician.
Coming to the end of our interview, do you wish to add anything related to Frank Sinatra or TheFrankSinatra.com?
Your website has undertaken a task of introducing Frank Sinatra and teaching about him to younger generations. I congratulate you.
Mr. Kerem Gorsev, thank you very much for the interview and your kind answers. I wish you success in your life and in your musical career, and days full of jazz and Sinatra.
For more information about Kerem Gorsev, you can visit the following the following link to his official website.
Here’s a truly masterpiece, an awesome jazz piece, I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Written in 1936 by Cole Porter, it was not perfect till Nelson Riddle’s rearranged this song. Sinatra included this song in his album Songs For Swingin’ Lovers (1956), and it was a huge hit. From then on, I’ve Got You Under My Skin was to be a song he would sing all his life.
“…It took twenty-two takes of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” to satisfy the singer. Sublimely erotic, this recording is the turning point in the Sinatra-Riddle epoch, the pivot on which all future Sinatra efforts would hinge. Ironically, it almost never came to pass, as it was added to the list of tunes for the Songs for Singin’ Lovers album shortly before the session at which it was recorded. In the forty-plus years since its waxing, the recording has become one of the most studied and admired Sinatra performances of all time…”