Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday
2015 is the 100th anniversary year of Frank Sinatra's birth, and there are numerous ongoing and planned observances this year in his honor. He was acclaimed by many as among the most popular and important musical artists of the 20th century. Born in Hoboken, NJ, on December 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra died on May 14, 1998, at 82. His active 7-decade performing career included several memorable film performances which gained him several Oscar nominations and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in "From Here to Eternity" in 1953. Sinatra also won 11 Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
I was very lucky to photograph him during an outdoor performance at a park adjoining Chicago's Navy Pier as the highlight of the city's annual Chicagofest music and comedy festival in August of 1982. As I recall, his opening act was the late comedian, Charlie Callas. I had a relatively good seat and used a Minolta SRT-201 camera, probably with a Venus 300mm F5.6 lens. I shot both black-and-white and color slides. I don't believe I used a monopod because I wanted to be inconspicuous. Still, in those days, you generally did not have the tight security and "no photography" bans such as exist today. He was mesmerizing and in good voice. I knew that I had documented something historic.
Photo credits: Laurence Agron.
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