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04/12/2018
When you’re a big celebrity, everyone wants a piece of you.  We all know those images of frenzied crowds screaming as Elvis or the Beetles or Michael Jackson or, of course, Frank Sinatra tried to get past, hands reaching out to grab anything they can as a memento of the experience.  Autographs are a physical way to prove you met someone, however briefly, an intimate reminder of the moment that can be kept forever.  If the star is big enough, they even have value.  Prices for Rat Pack autographs may surprise you. Read More

04/05/2018
Looking back at Ol’ Blue Eyes’ career, new Sinatra fans may have a difficult time believing that there were some terrible lows that went along with all the extraordinary highs that we now recall when his name is mentioned.  April, which has always been a favorite month of mine, showers bring May flowers, but in Frank’s case, he would experience both incredible highs and numbing lows during this month. Read More

03/30/2018
My meeting with Jay Leno a few nights ago reminded me of a common thread we hold with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, a love of vintage automobiles.  Jay’s infatuation with classic cars is known across the globe, Sinatra had more than a few pretty awesome vehicles he liked to drive, and I’ve been known to attend a few car shows, post classics to my Instagram account, and show off my VW Bug convertible too.  Here are a few marvelous machines Frank and Jay shared a love for. Read More

03/22/2018
Many have written about Frank Sinatra’s love songs, myself included of course, debating which was the most romantic.  So many are great for setting the mood on a date or with that special someone on Valentine’s Day, but you’re talking about a whole other beast when you ask, “What is the sexiest Sinatra song?”  One highly possible answer may surprise you. Read More

03/15/2018
What do I have in common with the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation?  The Rampart Casino!  The Las Vegas based CSI program shot scenes in this 50,000 square foot resort in 2004 and I’ll be headlining there with my Rick Michel Comedy Show in the Cascade Lounge Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Read More

03/08/2018
I put Frank Sinatra’s name in Google the other day and something interesting happened; besides the usual suggested searches, such as “What happened to Frank Sinatra,” and “What kind of music is Frank Sinatra,” this powerful search engine suggested, “What is Sinatra used for?”  That both intrigued and confused me.  What do you mean, “used for?”  Ol’ Blue Eyes wasn’t a hammer or a blender, you didn’t “use” him.  So, I clicked on the suggestion and found out something rather interesting: Sinatra is a new type of software.   Read More

03/02/2018
In 1987 Frank Sinatra performed his last major acting role; if you know what that role was, you must be a true die-hard fan because it definitely wouldn’t be a likely first, or second, guess.  His last major film role was in the 1980 movie, The First Deadly Sin, but in ’87 he guest starred in a two-hour special episode of Magnum, P.I. and if you think there’s a story surrounding this appearance, you’re correct. Read More

02/22/2018
Frank loved Palm Springs; he made his fortress there to protect him from the stresses of the outside world. For nearly 50 years Ol’ Blue Eyes made his home in that desert oasis resort city that is still beckoning people with its promises of the good life. More than 300 days of sunshine per year is a difficult selling feature to ignore. Read More

02/16/2018
The Academy Awards take place on March 4th, 2018 and there are some pretty powerful tunes vying for the coveted trophy for the Best Original Song; 60 years ago, it was a Frank Sinatra song that took the top prize, the middle of three times he won for this category out of seven nominations.  There are some similarities today compared to six decades ago, and some differences too.   Read More

02/08/2018
Every day spent living this crazy life with my wonderful wife Leslie is a gift; Valentine’s Day makes me realize this, of course, so this post is to serve as a gift for every Rat Pack fan out there - a trio of sure-fire tunes to put some heat in this often-cold February day, plus a bonus. Read More