Letter: Celebrate Sinatra

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 14, 2018

I can’t believe 20 years have gone by. It’s time to remember Hoboken, New Jersey’s hometown son, Frank Sinatra, who passed away on May 14, 1998.

His legacy is first and foremost, his music. From “All Or Nothing At All” to “New York, NY” and “My Way,” he compiled an unequaled resumé of pop standard songs and he is very much a part of the Great American Songbook.

Among those honoring Frank Sinatra are Tony Bennett, Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio, singer/actress Jane Powell, author Will Friedwald, musician/conductor George Roumanis, talent promoter/musician Billy Jon Coogan, archivist Anthony DiFlorio lll and WYYR program director Chris Valenti.

We should never forget the musical legacy Ole Blue Eyes left us to enjoy forever, and I believe it was his way of saying “thanks” to us for supporting him through good times and bad.

It is also remarkable that Sinatra, the name and music remain as part of American culture and continues to grow in popularity year after year.

Thank you, Francis Albert Sinatra.

— Herb Stark