Start spreading the news: Ol' Blue Eyes may be gone, but Frank Sinatra's charm lives on in the memorabilia—from photographs to dolls to lighters—collected by those who are glad the Chairman of the Board did it his way.
Given his connection to Las Vegas, where he performed countless times both as a solo artist and with the Rat Pack, it's probably not too surprising that Sinatra's Vegas-related collectibles are in high demand. Poker chips are particularly popular, especially vintage ones from the 1950s.
Sinatra is also remembered for the films he starred in, from musicals such as “High Society” and “Guys and Dolls” to dramas like “The Manchurian Candidate” and “From Here To Eternity,” which earned him an Academy Award. Movie posters and lobby cards advertising such films make terrific additions to any Sinatra collection.
But it’s his music and voice—indeed, he was “The Voice” for many—that most people come back to again and again. Sinatra began his recording career in 1939, but the vinyl records he cut for Columbia in the 1940s and Capital Records in the 1950s are the ones fans look for today. One of his most enduring LPs is “In the Wee Small Hours,” which was released by Capital in 1955 and featured lush arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
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When Smithfield's Ava Gardner Museum thought to honor Johnston County's biggest star with a roadside marker, it called on Sinatra Jr. to help out. Gardner was married to the elder Sinatra from 1951 to 1957, and Sinatra, Jr. said most of his memories of...Read more
Solid performances did not save Sinatra centenary celebration hitting a bum noteWalesOnline, November 27th
Of course, Mackenzie didn't sound a bit like Sinatra – but no one could replicate Ol Blue Eyes' voice. But he ran through all the classics from Come Fly to Me to My Way and a duet with Kershaw of Frank and Nancy's classic, Something Stupid with music...Read more
Frank Sinatras Voice Saved His LifeDaily Beast, November 25th
James Kaplan's Sinatra: The Chairman takes around a thousand pages to get us from his Academy Award for From Here To Eternity in 1954 to his death in 1998. Kaplan's previous volume, Frank: The Voice (2010), used up almost 900 pages to get us from ...Read more
An Artist Grows Into His Talent: Revisiting Sinatra's Radio YearsNPR, November 25th
Nancy Sinatra has said some of her best childhood memories are of listening to her father over the air. His radio shows, from the beginning of his career through the 1950s, brought him home in her mind while he was away singing in clubs and ballrooms...Read more
JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, James Dean and Muhammad Ali picturedDaily Mail, November 24th
A stunning new book is giving the public a look at some never-before-seen photos of Frank Sinatra and members of the Rat Pack partying with some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Sinatra and pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford ...Read more
Frank Sinatra and the Scandalous but Scholarly BiographyThe New Yorker, November 24th
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Frank Sinatra centenary books review – 'the medieval monarch of showbiz'The Guardian, November 23rd
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