NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In honor of what would be Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday this December, an exhibit on the legendary performer will go on a national tour that starts at the New York Public Library of Performing Arts.
As CBS2’s Emily Smith reported, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum Bob Santelli conceptualized the idea with the Sinatra family.
The exhibit boasts almost 200 rare artifacts.
Most know Sinatra as the voice, the chairman of the board, the old blue eyes, but what about the man behind the music?
“You learn orange is his happiest color, you also learn that the way he wore his hat angles are attitudes,” said Santelli.
The moving museum offers a chance to view items that belonged to Sinatra, including his pipe, signature fedora, and exclusive video interviews with his children and grandchildren.
There’s even a sing-along booth and a photo booth that makes you look like you’re at the GRAMMYs.
It’s all for the start of the Frank Sinatra Centennial, kicking off in grand style in New York City.
“Sinatra was born in Hoboken, across the river and he had such an incredible relationship with New York,” said Santelli.
Apropos of that, CBS2 stopped by Patsy’s Italian Restaurant on 56th Street, where Sinatra had his own secret side entrance.
“He would come in this way and no one would know he was here,” said a rep from Patsy’s. “This was his section, his sanctuary.”
And now, Sinatra’s sanctuary lies in the memories on display in the exhibit, as striking today as the height of his career.