He was so low that he even attempted suicide. Walking through Times Square, he saw mobs of girls waiting to get into a concert by new singing sensation Eddie Fisher. Feeling washed up, Sinatra went back to his apartment, put his head on the stove, and turned on the gas. Luckily, his manager found him in time, lying on the floor, sobbing. Sinatra made three other suicide attempts, all of them in the throes of his volatile relationship with actress Ava Gardner.
The name was coined by actress Lauren Bacall years earlier to describe a Hollywood drinking circle that included her then-husband Humphrey Bogart and Sinatra. The guys in the Rat Pack actually referred to themselves by a different name — The Summit — playing on a summit meeting in Paris between top world leaders.
James Bond has his martinis, shaken not stirred. And for Ol' Blue Eyes, the cocktail of choice was a mix of four ice cubes, two fingers of Jack Daniel's whiskey, and a splash of water. And if you want to hold the drink like Frank, don't touch the rim.
Cup it in your hand, insulated by a cocktail napkin. Sinatra actually had two hits called "New York, New York. He also angered the lyricist, Ebb, by customizing the words Sinatra had done this to a few songwriters, most famously Cole Porter , adding the climactic phrase "A-number-one. If you're looking for deals on items like Keurigs, BISSELL vacuums, and essential oil diffusers, it's usually pretty slim pickings until the holiday sales roll around.
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Those who spoke out in protest were killed, whatever their station in life. The Mafia made a mockery of the state, rigging elections, corrupting the politicians it favored, and terrorizing opponents. From to , not a single politician from Sicily was elected to the Italian parliament without Mafia approval.
His childhood and early adult years coincided with the collapse of civil authority, brutally suppressed uprisings, and the rise of the Mafia to fill the power vacuum. Twice, in and in , Frank Sinatra told audiences that his family had come from Catania, about as far east as one can go in Sicily.
Yet he told one of his musicians, principal violist Ann Barak, that they came from Agrigento on the southwestern side of the island. His name, according to her, was John. In fact he came from neither Catania nor Agrigento, was born earlier than either of the dates previously reported, and his true name was Francesco—in the American rendering, Frank.
Sicilian baptismal and marriage records, United States immigration and census data, and interviews with surviving grandchildren establish that Francesco Sinatra was born in in the town of Lercara Friddi, in the hills of northwest Sicily. It had about ten thousand inhabitants and it was a place of some importance, referred to by some as piccolo Palermo , little Palermo.
The reason was sulfur, an essential commodity in the paper and pharmaceutical industries, in which Sicily was rich and Lercara especially so. Foreign companies reaped the profits, however, and most locals languished in poverty.
Sinatra's two previous record labels, Columbia Records and Capitol Records , had both successfully issued collections of Sinatra's hits; this album was the attempt of his new label, Reprise Records , to duplicate this success by offering some earlier songs in stereophonic sound , which by was an exploding recording technology.
The album was arranged and conducted by frequent Sinatra collaborator Nelson Riddle. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Frank Sinatra. Vocal jazz traditional pop.