A look back at the Chairman of the Board

June 16, 1958:

GOOD MORNING: Frank Sinatra may not make it back to L.A. for tonight’s Sammy Cahn-Friar Roastmaster dinner, but he called dotter Nancy from Monaco to wish her a happy birthday and to assure her he’ll be back for her high school graduation Friday. Nancy S. asked KFWB’s deejay B. Mitchel Reed to emcee the graduation dance. She enters USC this fall … Incidentally, the “Kings Go Forth” preem July 2 is a sellout. But separate tix for the “Night With Sinatra” party at the BevHilton which follows will now go on sale. The giant night benefits Cedars’ free bed program … (2008 update: Nancy tells me her father did indeed return in time to attend her Uni-Hi graduation party. And whatta party it was! Nelson Riddle brought his entire orchestra and Keely Smith and Sammy Davis Jr. entertained. “It was the best graduation night anyone ever had,” Nancy remembers. “There were almost 700 there.” She did not sing — although she and classmates Jane Ross and Belinda Burrell were the school’s Tri-Tones singing group. That 1958 graduation class is planning a reunion in October. “It’s our 50th(!) anniversary,” Nancy gasped. You can guess whose records will be playing. On May 13, the 42-cent Frank Sinatra stamp will be issued. He died May 14, 1998. A new Sinatra CD will also be issued, “Nothing But the Best” and WB and TCM will release a first-time DVD of “Sergeants 3.” Nancy says the stamp and DVD and CD releases will be noted in Las Vegas and on the “Today” show as well by the three Sinatra children. Nancy reminds she also has her “Nancy for Sinatra” show on Sirius Satellite Radio three times a week, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. “We’ve uncovered over 1,200 of his recordings in vaults.” Frank Jr. continues batoning-singing Sinatra concerts and Nancy is recording a new album of her own — “No Harm Done.” The beat goes on.)

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