Frank Sinatra Jr. (1944 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Frank Sinatra Jr., a singer and conductor who followed in his famous father's footsteps, has died. He was 72.
Sinatra died Wednesday, March 16, in Daytona Beach, Florida. His sister, the singer Nancy Sinatra, wrote on Facebook that he died of cardiac arrest while on tour.
"Sleep warm, Frankie," she wrote.
Her brother had been scheduled to give a concert Wednesday evening at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach. In his show, "Sinatra Sings Sinatra," he sings many of his father's classic songs to orchestral accompaniment, tells stories about his dad, and shows family videos.
Born Francis Wayne Sinatra Jan. 10, 1944, in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was singing by his early teens.
On Dec. 8, 1963, Sinatra was kidnapped from a room at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He was released two days later, however, after his father paid a $240,000 ransom.
When he was 19, the younger Sinatra was the singer for Sam Donahue's band. He also worked with Duke Ellington.
Unlike his father, however, he never had a hit of his own.
In 1966, Frank Sinatra Jr. appeared in the movie "A Man Called Adam," which starred one of his father's best friends, the entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. He also played guest-star roles on television shows.
In 1989, Sinatra sang "Wedding Vows in Vegas" on "What Up, Dog?" – an album by the band Was (Not Was).
Last August, Sinatra sang the national anthem at a New York Yankees home game. The Yankees had a special place in his heart because the team regularly plays Frank Sinatra Sr.'s signature song, "Theme From New York, New York," after a win in Yankee Stadium. The elder Sinatra died in 1998 at 82.
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