FBI file: This was started by J. Edgar Hoover against Sinatra. He was everything Hoover hated – a pop singer, someone corrupting America’s youth, and a champion of civil rights. Although the report included 1,300 pages outlining numerous FBI investigations, there was very little the FBI could pin on Sinatra. The reason Sinatra’s FBI file was started was an anonymous letter warning Hoover of Sinatra’s subversive voice. “The other day, I turned on a Frank Sinatra program, and I noted the shrill whistling sound, created supposedly by girls cheering. How easy it would be for certain-minded manufacturers to create another Hitler here in America through the influence of mass hysteria,” the letter stated.
A roll of dimes: Although strange, it’s what Sinatra always carried around with him. Before December 8, 1963, Frank Sinatra, Jr. was another celebrity offspring struggling to emerge from the shadow of his famous parent. On December 9, 1963, a bizarre plot to extract cash from his father took place. Sinatra, Jr. was due to perform at a Lake Tahoe casino on the 8th when he was confronted by a group of three men at gunpoint. The trio managed to abduct the 19-year-old and took him to an undisclosed hideout. He was held captive for three days, until his father paid $240,000 in ransom to ensure his son’s safe return. The abductors were arrested, but the mark was still left on Sinatra. Because the kidnappers demanded that Sinatra call them only from payphones, he carried a roll of dimes with him throughout the ordeal. It ended up becoming a lifetime habit, and he continued to carry 50 dimes with him wherever he went, up until his death in 1988.
My Way: One of Sinatra’s most well-known and beloved songs. According to legend, Sinatra thoroughly disliked the song. He considered it to be self-serving and indulgent. However, even though he wasn’t fond of the song, he kept performing it for years due to its popularity and reputation.
Dirty Harry: The role written for Frank Sinatra. When Sinatra turned it down due to a broken finger he endured while filming The Manchurian Candidate, the producers offered it to John Wayne. It was only after Wayne turned it down that it was offered to Clint Eastwood.
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