The Chairman of the Board turns 100 on Saturday. Frank Sinatra died in 1998, but like that other American cultural icon, his pal Elvis, he’s still very much with us. Celebrations and tributes surrounding the centennial of his birth on December 12 1915 are already in full swing across the United States. The touring exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon opened at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles in October. It features rare recordings, short films and even clothing – a fedora, his LA Dodgers jacket – from the Sinatra Family collection. The exhibition moves to Miami in February 2016, where, already well under way at the legendary Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, the setting for three Sinatra movies, is a 100-day birthday countdown that includes an exhibition of iconic Terry O’Neill photographs and a “Live Like Frank” guest package. The goody bag includes a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select.
Sinatra turns 100 on Saturday Photo: MGM
Up in Hoboken, New Jersey, where a century ago Sinatra was born to immigrant Italian parents , the exhibition Frank Sinatra: The Man, the Voice, and the Fans at the Hoboken Historical Museum focuses on his early life in the blue-collar Hudson River town, and his years playing local concert halls and social clubs before graduating to superstardom and screaming girls at New York’s Paramount Theater. On December 12 itself, the museum will co-host a musical gala at Hoboken’s Stevens Institute of Technology, with its views across the Hudson of, well, New York, New York – the city Sinatra is more associated with than any other. Expect the Empire State Building to be lit up in blue.
“Sinatra is like George Washington,” quips author James Kaplan, whose second Sinatra biography, Sinatra: The Chairman, was published in the UK by Little, Brown in October. “Just as a lot of places claim 'George Washington slept here’, many establishments say Sinatra drank there. The thing is, they’re not always right.”
"Sinatra liked a drink – Jack on the rocks – and he hated going to sleep."