On this day in 1995, the late, great Frank Sinatra made his final live performance, to a select group of around 1,200 people at the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament.
Sinatra passed away four years later, at the age of 82 in Los Angeles, alongside his wife Barbara. The following day, the lights of the Empire State Building were turned blue in memory of one of the most iconic performers in music history.
There are few names that can be compared with that of Francis Albert Sinatra in terms of musical success, having been the only male to record in seven decades, and selling over 150 million records worldwide.
The unwavering prowess of Sinatra’s ability is wholly evident, as any audience member lucky enough to have witnessed it live will testify
His unparalleled vocal abilities, signature good looks, and his ever sparkling wit made Sinatra one of the most valued entertainers of the show business world.
Having starred in multiple feature films, solo tours and as part of Las Vegas strip super group The Rat Pack, Sinatra is amongst the quintessential performers of not only his own generation but of those that followed.
Although there is no captured video footage of this swan song performance, there are a number of audio recordings in which we can hear Ol’ Blue Eyes, in all his glory, performing in the same spritely and high energy style for which he was famed.
Despite being in his late 70s at the time of the performance, Sinatra misses barely a note in any of the songs, and showcases his voice just the way he always did, captivating the audience.
From the opening croon of “I’ve Got the World on a String”, the unwavering prowess of Sinatra’s ability is wholly evident, as any audience member lucky enough to have witnessed it live will testify.
The Palm Desert crowd are treated to around 20 minutes of live songs from Sinatra, before he concludes with “The Best Is Yet to Come”.
Perhaps, true to his word, through those that have been inspired Sinatra, and the musical legacy he left behind, the best may indeed be yet to come.