When it comes to crooners, they don't get any cooler than Frank Sinatra. Over the course of his 60-year career, "Old Blue Eyes" won a dozen Grammy Awards, three Academy Awards, and recorded 297 singles, including hits like "Theme from New York, New York," "My Way," and "Strangers in the Night."
So it's only fitting that there's a Tribute to Sinatra at Sky Restaurant in Peoria on Saturday, July 9. Valley resident and Sinatra lookalike Guy Pennacchio, who appeared on Dick Clark's Your Big Break on UPN in 2000, will do his best renditions of Sinatra Songs.
But it wasn't just Frank Sinatra's ability to sing, win awards, and inspire tributes that made him cool. Here are ten more things that made him a super suave star.
10.The FBI was obsessed with him. The FBI watched Sinatra for almost 50 years, beginning in the 1940s, and amassed some 2,403 pages of records on him. In response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI dossier on Sinatra was released in 1998. The declassified files revealed, among other things, threats of death and extortion against Sinatra, investigations of Sinatra's alleged mafia ties and Communist associations, and his offer to be an informer for the organization (they declined).
9. He was a founding member of the 1960s Rat Pack
. The first supergroup of multi-talented stars, the Rat Pack -- Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop -- never referred to themselves by that name, instead calling themselves the Summit or the Clan. But the press loved the moniker, and the Rat Pack stuck. Along with Davis Jr. and Martin, Sinatra was considered one of the leaders of the group.
8.He shared a famous woman with Woody Allen. From 1966 to 1968, Sinatra was married to actress Mia Farrow, who was thirty years his junior. In 1980, she began an ill-fated 12-year relationship with Allen, who would leave her for one of their adopted children.
7. He learned music by ear. Sinatra never learned to read music, and did well enough hitting pitch without learning how to translate notes on paper. He was obviously way too cool for that.
6. He founded Reprise Records. The Sinatra nickname, "Chairman of the Board," was born in 1960, the year he founded Reprise. The label, which Sinatra sold to Warner Bros. Records in 1963, went on to boast a roster that included Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, T. Rex, The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, Mastodon, My Chemical Romance, and Disturbed.
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