This Friday, the Sinatra Family and developer Rick Caruso are hosting an outdoor concert at the Grove to celebrate the life and music of the Sultan of Swing. Sinatra 100: A Concert Celebration, which is free and open to the public, will feature musicians including guitarist and singer George Benson and pop and jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. A signing of Sinatra 100 will be held at Barnes & Noble prior to the show. In preparation for the event, here’s a quick refresher on the legendary singer’s Los Angeles legacy:
→ Sinatra’s hit record In the Wee Small Hours was recorded at KHJ Studios in Hollywood in 1955. The album, which was included in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” is considered to be one of the first concept albums ever made, as all the tracks on the album deal with similar themes of loneliness and depression.
→ At the height of his Rat Pack fame, Sinatra and his friends could be found at Dominick’s restaurant, established in 1948. At that time the average Angeleno would have had trouble getting into the exclusive spot without some serious connections. Today, however, you can snag a corner booth and reminisce about the singer’s golden days.
→ When Frank made his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 1943, some critics were appalled that jazz was being performed at the outdoor venue. (“Is it possible that there is no alternative in this country?” asked one outraged columnist in the Los Angeles Times.) Of course, more than 70 years later, Sinatra’s legendary status is undeniable. In fact, this past July, jazz greats including Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, and The Count Basie Orchestra paid homage to the renowned singer on the very same stage.