Comedian Tom Dreesen recalls a bittersweet moment that happened during a concert late in Frank Sinatra’s career:
At the time this incident happened Tom Dreesen was touring with Frank Sinatra as his opening act. Speaking of the anonymous audience member who encouraged Sinatra, Dreesen declares, “…that fan brought him from the ashes that night.”
In this wide-ranging interview from 1988, Frank Sinatra talks to Larry King about political involvement, fan mail, international fame, the reason for humming, Pavarotti, why he still sings, being considered “over-the-hill”, stage fright, and more:
On stage fright, Sinatra says, “The first four or five seconds, I tremble every time I take the step and I walk out of the wing onto the stage, because I keep thinking to myself, ‘I wonder if it will be there.'”
Check out this Larry King interview of Frank Sinatra from May 13, 1988:
Topics discussed by Mr. Sinatra include: Why Frank doesn’t do more interviews; people who write kiss-and-tell books (whom Frank refers to as “pimps and whores”); and why Sinatra doesn’t bother responding to scandalous accusations against him.
It should be noted that the gossipy Sinatra biography His Way by Kitty Kelly had been publish just two years before this interview was recorded.
Here is an interesting bit of a television interview between Nancy Sinatra and her father Frank:
The questions Nancy asked Frank included “Can you be objective and tell me what kind of a father you are?” and “How do you think Frankie and Tina and I have behaved as kids?” This interview first aired on the old Geraldo television program hosted by Geraldo Rivera.
Listen to Frank Sinatra as he sings “Why Try to Change Me Now” in this 1959 recording:
The song “Why Try to Change Me Now” was written by songwriting team of Cy Coleman and Joseph Allan McCarthy. This was actually not Sinatra’s first recording of this song. He recorded a version of it in 1952 as part of his final recording for Columbia Records.
Before his 1988 concert in Australia, Frank Sinatra sat down for an interesting interview with journalist Clive James. Topics discussed include whether Sinatra still likes singing; the press; the quality of contemporary song writing and the importance of lyrics.