1. Jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter, John Pizzarelli, on what it was like to tour with — and open for — Frank Sinatra:



The funny thing was in Atlantic City, after the gigs, and you’d be hanging around the hotel and people thought you really … were hanging out with Frank, so they would come up to you and say, “I’ve got this song about Hoboken. You’ve got to give it to Frank.” And I was like, “You know, you have to understand, I’m lucky if I see Frank Sinatra in the wings before the show.” … I spoke to him once before the show in Berlin. It was a rather funny meeting because Hank Cattaneo, who ran everything, felt it was the right time to go say hello to Frank and when … he was going to introduce me, he got nervous and messed the whole thing up. … [H]e sort of coughed out the words “opening act” to Frank Sinatra and I swung around and shook his hand and said, “It’s nice to meet you.” I was about to walk away and Frank said to me, “Eat something. You look bad,” and that was pretty much all I got out of Frank Sinatra the whole tour.



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    Jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter, John Pizzarelli, on what it was like to tour with — and open for — Frank Sinatra:

    The funny thing was in Atlantic City, after the gigs, and you’d be hanging around the hotel and people thought you really … were hanging out with Frank, so they would come up to you and say, “I’ve got this song about Hoboken. You’ve got to give it to Frank.” And I was like, “You know, you have to understand, I’m lucky if I see Frank Sinatra in the wings before the show.” … I spoke to him once before the show in Berlin. It was a rather funny meeting because Hank Cattaneo, who ran everything, felt it was the right time to go say hello to Frank and when … he was going to introduce me, he got nervous and messed the whole thing up. … [H]e sort of coughed out the words “opening act” to Frank Sinatra and I swung around and shook his hand and said, “It’s nice to meet you.” I was about to walk away and Frank said to me, “Eat something. You look bad,” and that was pretty much all I got out of Frank Sinatra the whole tour.

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