Today would have been “The Chairman of the Board” Frank Sinatra’s 95th birthday
Sinatra thrilled audiences for decades with his trademark charm and smooth voice. He was one of the most prolific entertainers ever to grace the stage and take to the mic. Sinatra was very much in tune with the universe, as well; check out his comments in between sets during his live performance at the Sands in 1966.
“…I’m a Sagittarian; I was born on December 12, 1915, and I was born a very skinny kid. A little kid, skinny. So skinny my eyes were single file. Between those two and my belly button my old man thought I was a clarinet… And I was born in this tenement house in, uh, Hoboken, New Jersey, and it was a walk up – 8 floors. And it was one of those places – No they’re gonna have elevators in 1915! Otis wasn’t even born yet I think when I had this house! And we never knew when we were going to have any lights, any food, any heat of any type. Mice running around… Funny part of it is my folks were very wealthy, they just hated me, that’s all! They gave me the loyalty test immediately! And eventually I managed to fight my way through the qualms and charmers of life and I got to grow up to be 16 or so, and I was about to get ready to get out of high school about a few months before, my father was called in to the school by the Principal for about the 700th time and he said to my Dad “Here’s the diploma, get him out!” That’s what he do say. Get him out…”