Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies at 72

Frank Sinatra Jr. Dead: Famous Son
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Frank Sinatra Jr., son of the legendary singer, died of a heart attack Wednesday while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was 72.

His death was confirmed by the Associated Press, which received a statement from Sinatra’s family citing cardiac arrest as the cause of death.

Frank Jr.’s sister Nancy shared the news with a Facebook post, saying, “Sleep warm, Frankie…”

The younger Sinatra was kidnapped at age 19 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on December 8, 1963, as his father was in production on “Robin and the Seven Hoods”; Sinatra Sr. paid ransom of $240,000, and his son was released two days later. By that time, he had already begun pursuing a musical career of his own, having become the vocalist for the Sam Donahue band.

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In 1988, at his father’s insistence, Sinatra Jr. put his own performing career on hold to work as Sinatra Sr.’s musical director and conductor. Frank Sinatra Sr. died in 1998. He was buried with a roll of dimes, a habit that began at the time his son was kidnapped so he could be sure he would have change for a pay phone.

Sinatra Jr. also learned the music business by spending time with Duke Ellington. By the time he was 24, he had performed in 47 states and dozens of countries. His first album was “Young Love for Sale” in 1965.

Sinatra Jr. guested on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” with sister Nancy, sang with his own band in Las Vegas casino and served as an opening act for other, bigger names.

Sinatra Jr. made some TV appearances in the 2000s, including on a 2006 episode of “Family Guy” and an episode of “The Sopranos,” and he released the 2006 album “That Face!”

In 2003 Variety‘s Richard Ginnell reviewed a concert by Sinatra Jr., declaring that “he might have had an easier time establishing himself had he gone into real estate. But his show made me awfully glad he decided music was his calling. There aren’t too many singers around with Sinatra’s depth of experience in big band music, or his knowledge of the classic American songbook. There are even fewer with such real feeling for the lyrics of a song, and such a knack for investing a song with style and personality.”

He performed one of his final Southern California concerts on Dec. 12, the centennial of his father’s birth, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. As family photos and clips were projected on screen, Sinatra Jr. sang many of his father’s standards, drawing some of his biggest applause for “One for My Baby (and One More from the Road).”

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  1. Amy Beth says:

    I saw Frank Jr. perform and met him after his show. He was wonderful as a performer, and at times I thought I was watching his father. Frank Jr. was an amazing musician, singer and performer. I loved his 2006 CD That Face which was in his own style. It is a shame that for many years was in the shadow of his father and then after Senior passed we looked to Junior to fill that gap we so missed of the consummate crooner. Frankie took on the role with pride as his paid tribute to his legendary father, the only man to come close to replicating that voice. After the show he was so kind to stop and chat with some fans and take pictures, even though some big wigs were waiting to meet with him. I was so so sad to hear of his death and now knowing that the Sinatra voice is now really gone except for recordings.

  2. Vicki Cowan says:

    I was in the front row for his last concert in Melbourne, Florida the Sunday before he died. The show was AMAZING!!! I have an autographed photo and pictures on my phone. What a sweet, talented man he was. I was so fortunate to see him…I smiled up at him during the whole performance…and I will always treasure the experience. 🎼🎶🎵🎵🎵🎤

  3. Video Vision says:

    In discussing his TV appearances, the Variety obit notes that Frank Jr. “guested on ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,’” but neglects to mention not only the MULTIPLE occasions on which he guest-starred on The Dean Martin Show, but also his regular role in co-hosting, with Joey Heatherton, Dean’s 1968 summer replacement series, Dean Martin Presents The Golddiggers.

  4. We saw him several times and spoke to him twice. He was a very kind, polite gentleman, and a terrifically talented entertainer. He was an excellent, learned musician with a gift for caressing a lyric. I enjoyed his delivery even better than his dad’s because his goodness and kindness came through every word. We will miss him.

  5. Bets says:

    He performed at the Grand ReOpening of the Al Ringling Theatre here in Baraboo, WI> on Feb. 20th!

  6. Ida Tarbell says:

    He wasn’t the showman, but he sang as well as his father did.

  7. Bill B. says:

    He never had a chance at stardom looking and sounding so similar to his father, one of the very most famous entertainers in history.

  8. zinnsand21 says:

    As good a set of pipes as his old man. Very underrated singer. RIP Frank Jr.

  9. Elizabeth Pease says:

    Frank was not a junior. His name was Franklin, after President Roosevelt. His father was Francis.

  10. I met him backstage once during a break from a concert rehearsal my wife was involved in. He signed the music sheet for me (a Nelson Riddle chart–he had them all). I told him I was a great fan of his dad.
    He said, “What about me?” ” You, too,” I said, laughing. RIP, Frank, with your dad.

  11. TheBigBangof20thCenturyPopCulture says:

    The man who seemed a bit too polite and humble to perform in his father’s shadow was nonetheless an intellectual raconteur of the Sinatra legacy who would have been as much at home as an entertainment academic or show biz professor as a singer on a stage. Now he belongs to the ages. His dad was once quoted in Israel as saying that he wished there were future artists to keep his style of music alive. Now that the son is gone, we need other throwback crooners who can do Frank like pianists who play Mozart. RIP

  12. Jason says:

    🙏🏾🌈Rest In Heavenly Peace Mr. Frank Sinatra Jr. Thank You For The Music!! J🌈🙏🏾

  13. Bob Grise says:

    My Dad was a professional singer. He loved Frank senior’;s singing talent. As a kid i was a busboy In an Italian restaurant and bar in MN. Frank Sinatra JR performed there one week in 1976. I met him. He was great. Looked like a kid as did I. Rest in Peace Frank Jr… we loved you!!!

  14. Walt von Hauffe says:

    our small group of Sinatra followers, Sr and Jr, were so lucky to get to see F S Jr perform in Santa Rosa , California, back in last October….he had put together a wonderful show in memory of is father……….after the show, we got to spend a little bit of time with him backstage and enjoyed small talk including inquiries about how his mother was doing…….
    it’s quite a shock to hear about this loss for us American Standards music lovers……..
    he is now at rest with his father…..our sympathy goes out to his mother and sisters….
    rest in peace…………
    Elena, Brian, Joyce, Jeff, Kim, John and Walt
    from Northern California

  15. NLHNews says:

    The Sinatra family mourn the untimely passing of their son, brother, father, uncle, Frank Sinatra, Jr. of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona, Florida.
    January 10, 1944 – March 16, 2016
    Sleep warm, Frankie…

  16. Mjkbk says:

    We ALL will eventually experience “cardiac arrest” when we die. It’s NOT the same thing as a “heart attack”. What is it with journos who always confuse the two?

    Sinatra’s family specifically cited cardiac arrest in their statement concerning Frank Jr.’s passing. There was no mention of the phrase “heart attack”, as far as I’ve seen.

    Please stop ‘filling in the medical blanks’, especially when you don’t possess even high-school level medical knowledge.

  17. Steve LoGuercio says:

    A very nice man. Met him 25 years ago in Las Vegas at the 4 Queens. He was sitting alone and I asked him if he had any CD’S out. He asked me to sit down and we talked music as I was a musician back then. He did a great show, took pictures, signed autographs. We went back the next night and he thanked us for coming back. I still have the autographed post card. RIP Mr. Sinatra. He was his own man. So sorry for the family.

  18. Joseph says:

    Shame on you…try being the son of Frank Sinatra. He got to live with crap from people like you his whole life, not a glorious and glamorous upbringing. He was a wonderful musician and I knew him personally. God bless Frankie

  19. Lenora Robinson, Los Angeles says:

    To the Sinatra family, friends, co-workers, and all: so sad to hear this news. He was a very
    nice, hard-working gentleman. Would stop and talk to fans and sign autographs and was
    just a nice regular guy. When I ran into him and told him I liked him on “Family Guy,” he
    said it was weird being a cartoon character, and that he was going back to do it again! LOL
    I guess were all a little cartoon-y, right? :) Condolences to everyone. I think I hear a little
    music from above.

  20. Shannon says:

    You are correct, Alice. He seemed like a nice fellow — and his death is sad and untimely — but his strength and qualify of voice was nowhere near that of his father, although they were very similar in tone. He said his career didn’t take off like his father’s career because the popular style of music had changed by the time he entered the industry. However, I think it was painfully obvious to almost everyone that he just didn’t have his father’s talent, or even a distinctive enough sound of his own. Sometimes it’s better to seek out a more separate career path than to beat one’s head against a wall trying to keep up with someone you will never match — perhaps work in a different aspect of the music industry. If he was still determined to sing, even going to a different style of music may have helped instead of trying to sing his father’s songs and sound like him.

  21. He was a very kind person – we worked on Adam 12 years ago and he was o concerned he had made my arm black and blue while he held me hostage at airport I said no it was fine – but indeed the arm got swollen and very black and blue – Years later i ran into him and he still asked about my arm – he was really a fine actor and Universal WAS TALKING CONTRACT FOR HIM – but alas contracts were discontinued

  22. barbara says:

    That was very mean Of you to say that about Frank Sinatra Jr.
    He had a great voice Just like his dad.

  23. John Miller says:

    Very sad to hear. I got to see Frank perform last year.

  24. Bob says:

    OMG, how sad! I just looked at a picture of his dad at 82, shortly before he died. His son at 72 was grossly overweight and didn’t look as robust and healthy as his dad. There’s a lesson here, folks.

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