Celebrate Frank Sinatra's 102nd Birthday with New Book From His Former Manager
Frank Sinatra was one of the most influential musical artists of the 20th century, and this December 12, America will be celebrating his 102nd birthday. To celebrate his legacy, check out the new book written by former manager, Eliot Weisman and Jennifer Valoppi.
Eliot Weisman served as a manager, confidant, and advisor to some of the biggest names in entertainment - Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Joan Rivers - and the "Chairman of the Board," legendary singer Frank Sinatra.
In Weisman's new book, THE WAY IT WAS: My Life with Frank Sinatra (Hachette Books: 10/24/17; 320 pages; $27.00), Weisman chronicles his years as long-time manager to Sinatra as well as several of the music personalities that he managed over the years. The book features original photos and is filled with scintillating revelations, including:
·Sinatra and Weisman both losing their cool in deal negotiations with Donald Trump for the grand opening of Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City;
·The backstory of the infamous photograph of Sinatra with mafia leaders and Weisman's futile attempts to keep it from being leaked to the press;
·The mystery woman who threatened to throw the entire estate into chaos when Sinatra died;
·Ultimately being the executive of Sinatra's estate;
·The relationship between Sinatra and Jackie Kennedy;
·How seriously Sinatra and his team took the job of security, from carrying an Uzi on his private jet to keeping a pistol hidden in his custom boots while on stage;
· Sinatra's overuse of an antidepressant that had significant adverse effects on his mental health and why he never came off of it despite doctors warnings;
· Frank Jr.'s fraught relationship with his father and how Weisman was able to bring them closer;
· Frank's love for Barbara Sinatra, and how she spoke to Frank in ways that no one else would-or could;
It's been almost 20 years since Sinatra's passing and fans of Sinatra in all his stages-from the crooner to Duets-will love to read these never-before-told tales. You can also find stories from Weisman's personal journey, from Wharton Business School to a prison stint that left him broke and stripped of his professional licenses to getting a second shot at a career as a high-powered manager by working with one of the greatest performers of our time.