Today we celebrate his birthday – if alive, he would be 100 years old.
Why so important – why so legendary?
According to Classic Vegas, “Shortly after his death in 1998, most of the hotels on Las Vegas strips briefly shut down their neon signs in memory of the person who, perhaps more than any other entertainer, helped bring Las Vegas onto the national consciousness. He is the first person to be honored with a star in the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. The music world has changed since Frank dominated the stage of the Sands Hotel, but to many people it’s still Frank’s world, and we just live in it.”
His influence on music – jazz, pop, kitsch, whatever you want to call it – continues. His songs continue to be covered by jazz and pop artists alike. Shows like FRANK The Man. The Music. a grand theatrical production honoring his life and music is performed on the live stage at The Palazzo Theatre in Las Vegas.
Bono, lead singer for Ireland’s rock group U2, told Farley, “Rock-n-roll people love Frank Sinatra because he had what we want—swagger and attitude.” His music was from a time when it about the phrasing of a song, the emotional content of a piece.
He also was an entertainment triple threat – singer, dancer, actor. Oscar winner, and great dancer paired with Gene Kelly, and winner of 3 Golden Globes & 13 Grammy’s.
He even dabbled in casino ownership. Before Vegas was Vegas, it was the infamous casino haunt where the Rat Pack came, drank, & gambled. In 1960, entertainer Frank Sinatra purchased the Cal-Neva Resort on the border of California & Nevada, on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Frank and Rat-Pack friends, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. helped make the Cal Neva Lodge one of Nevada’s coolest casinos in the early 1960s.
Remember, Foxwoods has dedicated this entire month to celebrating Frank Sinatra. Ole Blue Eyes opened the Fox Theater with a legendary performance in 1993. For this month’s festivities commemorating Sinatra at Foxwoods, click here.
All those names we refer to Frank Sinatra by should always be preceded by one – Legendary. Happy Birthday, Frank – you were one of a kind.