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Cruising the Internet doesn’t always result in a return to faith in humanity, but I was recently pleasantly surprised when checking ranking sites for the top films of Frank, Dean, and Sammy. While I was expecting to see fun, but not necessarily culturally significant films such as The Cannonball Run, Robin and the 7 Hoods, or even Ocean’s 11, I discovered the choices had a little more substance. Here are the top ranked movies for each of these Rat Packers. Read More

George Washington was the first to receive one; Ulysses S. Grant, Cornelius Vanderbilt, the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, Bob Hope, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, and Jackie Robinson are also on the list of recipients; and in 1997 Frank Sinatra became one of just a relative handful of people – something like 154 in total – who have been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal since the birth of our nation. Read More

With the holiday season behind me, which included Chanukah, Leslie’s birthday, Christmas, New Year’s, and lots of performances thanks to Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birthday, I got to breathe a nice sigh of relief and relax for a brief moment, during which I thought, “If you think buying gifts for your family is hard – Leslie hates it when I buy her a vacuum – imagine having to get something for Frank Sinatra.” What would you do if he was on your gift list? Read More

The lights have just gone out on Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday year and I’m excited because the party is still going strong. 2015 created a renewed interest of sorts in the mainstream media, bringing the career of The Voice to the forefront of pop culture once again, but the most impressive part of all this is that people are realizing he never really left the scene. Since the days of Bobby Soxers he’s been America’s pop icon and has never relinquished that title. Read More

We’ve heard the stories of Frank Sinatra’s depression and, let’s face it, with the emotional wallop surrounding the holiday season, we can all sometimes feel a little down, but did you know Ol’ Blue Eyes was responsible for making one of the most popular Christmas songs in history happier than it was originally intended? Read More

I am in the enviable position of being able to make a living doing something I love – performing – and a side effect of entertaining is the feedback from the audience. A good artist stays true to themselves no matter the reviews, but you don’t make it far in this business without taking feedback seriously. I love all my acts, so it’s natural that I want everyone in the crowd to love them too. After listening to what the audience had to say about my last few shows of Sinatra Forever, I’m happy to say I think I’m on the right track. Read More

I loved seeing the GRAMMY tribute to Frank Sinatra on CBS, shot right here in beautiful Las Vegas old-school style, just like Sinatra and his Rat Pack palls did so often with hosts and top-name performers on stage with virtually nothing but their voice and a Sinatra song and, judging by how Twitter lit up during the show, it was a huge success. As I prepare for two huge shows of my own, I thought I’d give my take on the night. Read More

Frank Sinatra would turn 100 December 12th and the world has already been celebrating the occasion with a yearlong party. The Voice became such a huge influence on music not too long after his birth and it’s difficult to imagine a time when his name wasn’t synonymous with song. So, what were people listening to one century ago when Ol’ Blue Eyes was using those powerful lungs to take his first breaths? Read More

Unless you live under a rock, you know Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday is almost here, but how about a look at what it meant when Ol’ Blue Eyes turned 50. I rushed into my fiftieth year on this planet at 124 miles per hour, but it seemed that Frank lived his entire life at that speed, daring everyone else to try and keep up. Few have succeeded. Read More

“Bro, with a Kiwi-packed room, the show’s gonna be mint!” I’m in New Zealand trying to learn the language in preparation for Sinatra Forever at The Civic in Auckland Friday, November 20th. By the way, it’s already Friday here! There’s a cool rain falling, the perfect setting to be warmed by the Songbook “The Voice” made his own, especially playing in a venue as welcoming as The Civic. Read More