2005-09-16 / Columnists

Frank Sinatra, Jr. Sings Sinatra At NorthFork Theatre

FRANK SINATRA Jr.FRANK SINATRA Jr. In song and style Frank Sinatra Jr. pays homage to his father, the singer and the music that defines the Sinatra legend at the North Fork Theatre at Westbury for one night only on Saturday, September 24th at 8 pm. “Sinatra Sings Sinatra” features songs that Sinatra Sr. sang in over 50 years of performing such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “One For My Baby,” “New York, New York,” “Luck Be A Lady” and “Strangers In The Night.”

Son of the legendary Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra Jr. has become a successful singer and songwriter in his own right. Born in New Jersey, raised in California, and educated in the showrooms of Vegas and on bandstands all over the world, Frank Jr. was undoubtedly influenced by his father’s fame. Despite his father’s warnings about the industry Frank Sinatra Jr. became involved at an early age, making his debut into the big time at 21. He later joined the Sam Donahue Orchestra, an experience he described as being one of the most rewarding in his career. In 1971 Frank Jr. worked with Sonny Burke on a record album titled “Spice” which featured the writing talents of Frank Jr. on three cuts. “Spice” was followed by two other recording projects: “His Way” and “It’s All Right.” Throughout the 1960s and into the mid-1980s, Frank Jr. appeared regularly in Las Vegas. In 1983, Frank Jr. teamed with the Pat Longo All-Star Jazz Band to record a tribute to arranger- conductor Billy May, contributing five songs to “Billy May For President.” In 1985 Frank Jr. opened in downtown Las Vegas backed by a 17-piece orchestra where he re-introduced the lush big band sound to lounge patrons and sparked a renewed interest in live music.

Throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s Frank Jr. was busy conducting for his father while performing on his own simultaneously. As Frank Sinatra’s music director, Frank Jr. had the advantage of learning his father’s style, tone, expressions, delivery and mannerisms. These qualities are evident within his music as well as in his live performances. One of his greatest works is his 1996 tribute to his father’s career; an album entitled “As I Remember It.” This album was greeted with enthusiasm and proceeded to climb the musical charts garnering significant critical acclaim. After his Father’s death, audiences honored Frank Jr. and his orchestra with numerous standing ovations during all three of his sold-out shows at the Sands Hotel Casino in October of ’98. Frank delighted the house by commemorating “Ol’ Blue Eyes” in a unique setting. Frank Jr. has performed in major clubs and showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil and England. Frank Jr. has won the hearts and respect of fans and critics alike, irrefutably distinguishing himself as a premiere vocalist and endearing storyteller.

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