574: Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

574: Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

Dec 11, 2015
For Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday: stories, tributes, and attempts to understand the Chairman of the Board.

An updated version of an episode originally broadcast back in 1997.
  • Host Ira Glass, with a recording of a 1962 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., appearance at the Villa Venice, a club outside Chicago. What's fascinating about Sinatra is how he is so many different people at once, and they're all on display in this recording: sentimental crooner, cruel woman-baiter, bully, goofball. Writer Rennie Sparks makes the case that Sinatra is mesmerizing because he's every man, every possible man, all rolled into one. (8 minutes) Music

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