Behind the Legend

Book - 1997
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Sinatra: The Man Behind the Myth, by New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli, is the definitive and explosive biography of one of the world's most controversial, fascinating entertainers. Frank Sinatra's career has spanned more than a half century, with some 1,300 recordings, 60 films, two Oscars, and numerous Grammys. He is an American icon with a repertoire of classic standards that have, in a sense, become the soundtrack of our lives: "My Way", "That's Life", "New York, New York", "Strangers in the Night", "Fly Me to the Moon", and dozens of others. Sinatra's ability to endure and triumph in a changing musical and show business world has made him what so many other stars only claim to be: legendary.

Sinatra: The Man Behind the Myth takes Frank Sinatra's vast audience where it has never been before: deep inside the private life and affairs of this complex, emotional man, who once called himself "an eighteen-carat manic-depressive". The reality of the Sinatra story is all here -- rife with sex, danger, inspiration, and show business politics.

The author provides new, astonishing details of Sinatra's many tempestuous romances, including those with Ava Gardener, Mia Farrow, Juliet Prowse, and Marilyn Monroe. The reader will learn about:

- His romantic, platonic, and at times even volatile relationship with Elizabeth Taylor

- The sad and touching story of Sinatra's relationship with Nancy Reagan

- His unforgiving anger against Shirley MacLaine

- The continuing father-daughter feud between Frank and his daughter Nancy

- How the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. in December 1963 has affected Frank Jr.'s entire life and his relationship with his father

- Thetrue source of the friction between Frank and his wife Barbara that has lasted for so man

Publisher: Secaucus, NJ : Carol Publishing Group, c1997.
ISBN: 9781559724340
Characteristics: ix, 547 p., [24] leaves of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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during sinatramania, dozens of training bras were thrown onto the stage while he performed. Sinatra called the Rolling Stones, 'cretinous goons,' which is what Presley called him. John Lennon was inspired to write his only #1 single, WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT after reading an interview with Sinatra where he was quoted saying that very thing. On that same album, WALLS AND BRIDGES, was included a song called NOBODY LOVES YOU WHEN YOU"RE DOWN AND OUT which Lennon 'gave' to Frank Sinatra in the famous PLAYBOY magazine interview ( Christmas 1980) that was on the newstand shelves across the nation the night Lennon was assassinated, Dec. 8, 1980. Lennon went on to say, "But don't ask me to produce it for you."...his only #1, that is, until he was posthumous. To further flesh out the quote, John said, ' why don't you record this one, better than the pieces of nothing you usually record.'

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