Frank Sinatra’s son dies doing what he loved


Singer-songwriter Frank Sinatra, Jr. has died at 72, per NME. The son of Frank Sinatra was on tour in Daytona Beach when he suffered cardiac arrest.

Frank Jr.’s famous father was on the road for most of the boy’s childhood. And eventually, Frank Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps. He began performing in local clubs as a teenager, and he continued performing classics from the American songbook for most of his life. Indeed, he was on the road as part of a Sinatra Sings Sinatra Centennial Celebration tour when he passed away in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Frank Jr. was famously kidnapped at 19 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid the $240,000 ransom that the kidnappers demanded.

“The kidnappers demanded that all communication be conducted by payphone,” per the AP. “During these conversations, Frank Sr. became concerned he would not have enough change. This prompted Frank Sr. to carry a roll of dimes with him at all times for the rest of his life; he was even buried with 10 dimes in his pocket.”

The kidnappers were eventually apprehended, convicted and sentenced for the crime. At one point, they even had to borrow $11 from their victim to pay for gas (via Mental Floss).

Frank Jr.’s tour was a tribute to his father, but he always hoped it would be more than that.

“Hopefully, I never get hit with that stigma of being a novelty act,” he said in an interview with the Daily Press. “Since his death in 1998 I’ve been doing a program called Sinatra Sings Sinatra. Now, beginning at this point in time, we’re sitting on what would have been his 100th birthday. So two years ago I began writing a show for his centennial. It’s called Sinatra Sings Sinatra: Centennial Celebration. For the first time, as you will see, the show is audio-visual. It’s never been before. That’s predicated on a very simple thing that stuck in my head for two years while composing the program. Those people who like Frank Sinatra and his efforts, they know the music and the music will be forthcoming, that which they would expect to hear. They know the legends, and maybe 1 in 1,000 has some semblance of truth, but the others are totally false. They know the legend and they know the music, but for this show it is time to know something about the man. A man once said when the legend gets bigger than the man, you’ve lost the man and you have an unrealistic picture. So it’s time to, as the kids say today, get real. This is where we’re going with it.”

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