Sinatra! Remembering a time when "it was a very good year."

Updated: Aug 10


SINATRA'S TAILOR, AN ITALIAN IMMIGRANT'S STORY, begins with

"When I was seventeen, it was a very good year." The book's introduction was inspired by this video clip of "Ole Blue Eyes," almost 50, in the recording studio in 1965. It was reportedly done in a single take, and it's easy to see why; the legendary singer seemed to be enjoying himself, savoring every phrase. The orchestral accompaniment is lush-- a beautiful arrangement of a poignant and nostalgic song! Written by Ervin Drake in 1961, originally recorded by the Kingston Trio, Sinatra heard it, liked it and decided it should be his.

“It no longer matters what song he is singing, or who wrote the words— they are all his words, his sentiments, they are chapters from the lyrical novel of his life.”Gay Talese, Frank Sinatra Has A Cold. We would do well to recall and cherish the "chapters in the novels" of our lives. Can you remember when... "it was very good year?"

Sinatra’s Tailor is the remarkable story of Umberto Autore, orphaned as young boy in Italy during WWII and raised by "nuns and Nazis,"He eventually immigrated to America where he became the tailor of Frank Sinatra and the "Rat Pack", Steven Spielberg and many other Hollywood luminaries.

Sinatra’s Tailor- An Italian Immigrant's Story can be purchased at bookstores, directly from the publisher at Aakenbaakeneditor.com, and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and everywhere books are sold. The audiobook version is also available on Audible.com, audiobooks.com and from many other online retailers.


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