Saturday, February 06, 2010
The February of Frank: Frank Visits The White House
Sinatra would stump for Hubert Humphrey in 1968 (against Richard Nixon) but by Thanksgiving of 1971, it would appear a political shift had occurred, as he and Spiro Agnew had forged a close friendship; in fact, Sinatra was determined to see Agnew become the next president in 1976. The "official" cause for Sinatra's political about face was Richard Nixon's position on admitting China to the United Nations, an issue about which he agreed and had been extremely vocal. So, after years of criticising Nixon, Sinatra would now become his strongest supporter, contributing $50,000 to his campaign for reelection in 1972. He was invited to sing at the White House when the Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti, visited in April 1973. This was during Frank Sinatra's brief "retirement" period and many people feel that it was the catalyst that would bring the crooner back to the world of performing and recording. Not to mention that for someone in retirement, he sounds like he had been at the top of his game. See for yourself when you listen to "A Very Good Year". Enjoy!
Frank Sinatra-A Very Good Year (The White House Concert-April 1973)
Here's a video of Frank performing at the White House that night!
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