“Sinatra! Sinatra! Sinatra! Sinatra!”
A huge audience chanting this name, going crazy over a musical performer. Oh, the blue eyes performer. That’s Frank Sinatra’s effect that brought a revolution to how STARS were celebrated and to the culture of STARDOM, FANDOM, & Music. As you can pretty much expect, the Man is a Legend in America. In the 1960s Frank Sinatra touched songs as I love you baby, Fly me to the moon, New York New york, and many more. He infused life to anything he touched be it singing or acting.
Let’s pursue this story from another angle.
I mean, from another perspective.
Can you con your way to success? There’s no solid yes/no answer to that.
However, in 2015, a marvelous con was played by a 25 y/o girl Anna.
That was the Anna Delvey case on which Netflix recently made an entire series.
While New York awaited the court’s verdict on the case, Anna’s attorney played the Sinatra card. He said:
Sinatra did it his way. Anna did it hers.
Well, Sinatra had nothing to do with the case. But the American dream that Sinatra once saw and accomplished, has become a worldwide reverie. And why not? If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Remember the New York, New York lyrics sung by Sinatra?
“If I can make it here
I’ll make it anywhere
It’s up to you
New York, New York.”
So, Anna came to New York with a dream in her eyes and a thorough insight of rich’s minds. It eventually came down to one thing: How good a show you can put on! And she did a marvelous job. (So did her attorney too, in his own way). That day she was announced NON-guilty of 2 of the major changes, for the rest she served 4 years in prison. That was much discounted on lifetime imprisonment that she would have rather gotten. Perhaps the show that Sinatra put on in his time was better off (and of course not illegal).
Not everybody is Sinatra, not everybody’s dream comes to a realization.
For those who don’t know Sinatra: Sinatra is one of the few who started the star culture, the fan culture, the star-group culture, and the concept culture in music albums. He is a legend in America for his soul-shaking musical performances. And he is exemplary of the ordinary people who made it big with their talents. And yet all of this is an understatement of his influence. Sinatra was once a young boy with only one dream in his eyes: THE AMERICAN DREAM.
In fact, you are looking at the man who crystallized the notion of “The American Dream”.
But what did Spodnek mean in the court when he said Sinatra did it “his way”? In the early days of Sinatra’s career, his agency would pay some women in the audience to swoon over him, and to faint in his admiration; in the fandom. What if you were there watching the audience going gaga over him? You were bound to be even more impressed with his influence, and then you would justify it with Sinatra’s singing. That man is G.O.A.T.!
Not this goat.
G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all time.)
It’s not in the strategies what was in that man though. When he sang, he gave a heroic meaning to the struggles and pain. His voice made all classes of people swerve. He was a talent that was appreciated as art, class, and yet something that wasn’t alien to common hearts who had no developed taste for higher strata’s entertainment. He appealed to all, that was Sinatra’s magic. A European emigrant in America who made it big and charmed the audience of all the lands, America, Europe, Ireland, Italy, and whatnot.
Perfectly simple: It was the war years and there was a great loneliness, and I was the boy in every corner drugstore, the boy who'd gone off drafted to the war. That's all. — Sinatra, on his popularity with young women
Such was his influence that he played a supporting hand in John F Kennedy’s win in elections.
*Not to mention his ties with Franklin D. Roosevelt* All glory and no grime? Couldn’t be possible, as has been the case with many other superstars including Charlie Chaplin. Sinatra had a pretty unattractive series of affairs and notorious behavior. His experimentation on the TV shows (1946-1952) didn’t land well with the audience either. That led to his downfall. What could break many at that point is that he broke his vocal cords too.
Legends are those who can still make a comeback like Sinatra (like Adele, who too damaged her vocal cords in 2014). Sinatra then in the 1950’s experimented with acting. Hola ho! There again he cast a magic spell and his performance in Come Blow The Horn won Golden Globe Award for Best Actor (Motion Picture Musical or Comedy).
It was the pillar that Sinatra set in his time, so concrete, that the virtue he presented in an American dream is a living truth now which people globally thrive by. The effect is to the point that a convict could win cases by apparently chasing after what we would call one of Sinatra’s Effects.