In honoring Frank Sinatra with the Architects of Sound award at the Grammy Museum Wednesday night, it was mentioned that Sinatra was the first, and probably only, person to win the award without being alive to accept it. Tina Sinatra believes her father’s legacy will endure through time.
“He worked too hard through his life and what he loved most was music,” Sinatra said. “I think if, when we lost him, we dug a 25 foot hole and thrown all his music into it and covered it over we’d still be standing here tonight.”
The attendees of the gala, hosted by Max Weinberg and Steven Van Zandt enjoyed an evening of Sinatra’s music while eating Italian food. There was also a live auction, which included a baseball package to Dodgers, Yankees and Giants games, a Grammy package which offered suite-level tickets to the 58th annual Grammy Awards, and a package that included a Serigraph of Frank Sinatra; all the proceeds went to benefit the Grammy Museum’s continuing music education for students.
“Everything you guys do my father would support,” Sinatra said. “He believed in education and thought that if everyone was educated with music to enhance their lives we would have a better world.”
Frankie Valli also made an appearance and talked about his friendship with the late Sinatra.
“He was the kind of guy that if he took you on as a friend, you were really there and you were a friend,” Valli said. “The people that he has helped over the years is amazing. He’s the only person that I could ever think of that could put so many people together and was so ahead of his time. He was never afraid to take on young people.”
The night ended with Sinatra’s music performed by saxophonist Mindi Abair, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Michael Buble. This echoed the late Sinatra’s words that Weinberg quoted at the beginning of the night.
“May you live to be a hundred years old and the last voice you hear be Frank Sinatra,” he said.
|Max Weinberg, the Recording Academy’s Neil Portnow, AJ Lambert, Steven Van Zandt, Tina Sinatra, Amanda Erlinger and the Grammy Museum’s Bob Santelli
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