May 14, 2013
"OL' BLUE EYES" DIED 15 YEARS AGO TODAY
Los Angeles, California (JFK+50) Singer-actor-Hollywood icon Francis Albert Sinatra* died here in Los Angeles 15 years ago today, May 14, 1998, at the age of 82.
Frank Sinatra, a superstar of popular music, died of a heart attack.
"Sinatra was the 1st modern popular superstar (who) transformed pop singing by infusing lyrics with an intimate point of view that conveyed a steady current of eroticism."
at the Girl's Town Ball
Florida, May 12, 1960
*Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was born in Hoboken, NJ. He was expelled from high school as a freshman, and later joined the Hoboken Four. In 1939 he released his 1st single, "From the Bottom of My Heart."
Sinatra joined the Tommy Dorsey Band and had more than 40 songs in one year. By 1941, he was a star particularly among the "bobby soxers" or teenage girls of the 40s.
Sinatra was a big supporter of JFK's candidacy for President in 1960.
Sinatra's Campaign Record for JFK**
**I have a copy of this 45 rpm record of which only 2000 of were produced.
Sinatra also starred in a performance for JFK's INAUGURAL GALA in Washington, D.C.
Another Kennedy connection came from the fact that Sinatra's "Rat Pack" included JFK's brother-in-law Peter Lawford.
Ironically, Sinatra supported Ronald Reagan's conservative Presidential candidacy in 1980 and hosted a performance for his inauguration as well.
Reagan Presents the Medal of Freedom
to Francis Albert Sinatra
You Tube Video