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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Frank Sinatra’s only son, who was almost always referred to as Frank Sinatra Jr., was not really a Junior at all. He was named Franklin Wayne Sinatra, supposedly after FDR. However, his father should have been smart enough to know that he’d be called Frank Jr. and also should have known what a terrible burdenĀ it […]

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Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Big Band leader Harry James. James was one of the hottest trumpet players of the Big Band Era. Today it seems he’s remembered for little more than being Frank Sinatra’s first employer but the reality is he was one of the most respected players […]

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I gave a talk this morning at the Eastside YMCA in Rochester, New York, entitled, Why Sinatra Still Matters. I was inspired by the title of Pete Hamill’s 1998 book, Why Sinatra Matters. It is, in my opinion, the best book ever written about Frank Sinatra. Why Sinatra Matters talks little of Frank’s many female […]

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