"The best revenge is massive success."
~~ Frank Sinatra
While driving to my cousin’s daughter’s wedding in September, I listened to some of my favorite Frank Sinatra songs, ones from his Capitol Years. I don’t play them often, but once in awhile I get nostalgic for The Voice. Frank was in his some of his best form with classics like “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “I Get a Kick out of You” and “Young at Heart.”
I’ve been a Sinatra fan as far back as I can remember. I listened to him croon while I was growing up, watching eagerly as his vinyl LPs fell into place on our cabinet stereo. I know I had a crush on him, even though he was my dad's age. That irresistible something he had affected women of every age, apparently.
Once, in college, I put a warning note on my door: “It’s Sinatra Night. Enter at Your Own Risk.” I felt it was only right to give fair warning to all my hippie friends.
So it was with a little surprise that when I arrived at the wedding reception, the DJ was playing the same Ol’ Blue Eyes’ songs I had just listened to in the car on the ride over.
It would have been more understandable if the bride and groom were “older,” but they were young people in their twenties and, naturally, a lot of the guests were closer to their age. There were some of us more mature revelers, but it seems to me that Frank has become a singer for the ages, all ages.
According to an article by David Poltz in 1997, Sinatra is “the greatest pop singer in American history,” something that both critics and the rest of us would agree on.
Walk into grocery stores, Italian eateries, bookstores and even my favorite rubber stamping store and you will feel you’ve taken a step back into the 40s. Frank’s voice is everywhere, even emanating from TV commercials.
How this skinny kid from Hoboken, NJ, achieved such fame stems from some good fortune, but as Frank once said, “People often remark that I'm pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you've got to have talent and know how to use it.”
And that he did.
By Teresa K. Flatley