PREVIOUSLY: In November 1965, a CBS television film crew, including Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt, spent six weeks with Sinatra. The footage was used in a program about the entertainer (called Sinatra), and was reused in May 1998, the week after he died, for a 48 Hours special called "Sinatra: Living With the Legend."
Here is part three of my "coverage," with part one being the recording of "It Was a Very Good Year," and part two primarily a history lesson on Sinatra from 1942-1965. This part of the CBS program focused on a typical few days in the public life of Sinatra.
It opens with a song rehearsal
Frank, best pally Jilly Rizzo, and a meaty bodyguard, discussing with incredulity, how a $1,300,000 turbo-prop could only seat eight as they prepare to board Sinatra's Lear Jet, Christina II (named after his second daughter).
Is my idea of nothin' to do!
According to the Cronkite narration, that particular flight was going to Washington, D.C., where he was performing, for some reason, at Lorden Penitentiary with Count Basie and Orchestra. Sinatra's conductor for that strange "gig" was his baton waver of choice at the moment, Quincy Jones, whom he called "Q".
I can't help but think that particular audience would have far preferred a performance from someone like James Brown to Sinatra.
There would have been no better way for Sinatra to unwind after something like that than to hang out at his favorite place, Jilly's.
Cronkite: If it's in to go to Jilly's, you can't get much more "in" than to be invited to Sinatra's table. It's the one in back, near the kitchen door, up against the air conditioner. And if you're ever invited, don't take the old, imitation leather arm chair--it's reserved for Frank. When Frank isn't in town, Jilly puts it away.
Nancy is obviously not yet "famous," because Sinatra is having to introduce her to someone in this shot.
Soupy Sales's (looking rather forlorn) presence must have been the catalyst for the discussion we see between Frank and Sammy Davis, Jr. about pie throwing.
Finally, the CBS footage ends with scenes from a benefit concert the Rat Pack (with Johnny Carson filling in for Joey Bishop) did in support of Dismas Halfway House (named after Father Dismas Clark, the "Hoodlum Priest") in St. Louis.
"Ladies and gentleman, on behalf of Dismas House, I present our hoodlum singer."
Cronkite: In a grown-up's world he was a teenager's idol. Today, in a teenager's world, he's a grown-up's idol...
Nancy, decked out backstage in the latest Carnaby Street fashion, sweetly sings along with "Pop."