FRANCIS ALBERT SINATRA
I first met Frank Sinatra at a club called Nicky Blair's on
Sunset Boulevard through Harry
When I moved to LA, to work the
Valley Music Theatre, I often met Harry in Nicky Blair's. One night we were sitting at the bar, Harry was talking
about Frank Sinatra, seems he was mad at him about something. Someone
tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around; it was Frank
He joined us at the bar and Harry
introduced us. He was very friendly and it seemed he was trying
to get Harry to do something. We sat there for a couple of
hours. Nicky, brought his latest girlfriend over to meet Frank,
and then the next thing we knew we were surrounded by people,
trying to look important.
I don't know if Harry complied
with Frank, but it was a nice experience for me. I had another
experience with Frank, at the Circle Star Theatre some years
later. I will put that story on here one
I first met his pal, Jilly, in New York through Barbara Lacy, owner of a club next to Carnegie Hall,
and then later, in Palm Springs, while visiting Pat Henry,
a comedian who often opened Frank's Shows.
One day I was at Pat's place, swimming in his pool, when Jilly stopped by. Jilly and Frank, had
just returned from Italy. He told us some funny stories that
happened over there. He told us Frank flew his favorite chef from LA in to
Italy. Seems no one made pasta like this chef.
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Would cruise New York City bars starting at Sardi's, a stop at
Jilly's, then on to Jimmy Weston's, stopping at Mike Manuche's,
but always ending up at P.J. Clarke's
"Those urinals!" he was once heard to joyfully exclaim. "You could
stand Abe Beame in one of them and have room to spare."
Sam's note: I never met Frank Sinatra at PJ's, but that was my favorite hangout in New York City. I met many other people there, but not Frank.