Frank Sinatra stood out from the rest with his soulful voice and tough guy persona. During his 60-year career, this kid from New Jersey went on to become a successful actor, dated movie stars, hung out with a president, and rocked a fedora like no other. As a man famous for doing things his way, Sinatra lived quite the exciting life, full of strange stories.
On Sinatra’s 104th birthday we look back at his influential career and dig up some of the strangest stories about him.
Behind Scooby-Dooby-Do lies a Sinatra
It was all thanks to Sinatra that the character Scooby-Doo got its famous name after which it became a favourite among the masses. The channel head got the name while he was listening to Sinatra’s song where he ends with improvisations singing nonsensical phrases like “dooby-dooby-doo.” And that’s when everything clicked.
The FBI’s weird Sinatra file
J. Edgar Hoover opened an FBI file on Frank Sinatra and it was six inches thick and around 1,300 pages long. However, Sinatra’s file was declassified after the singer’s death in 1998, and there was surprisingly little to show. Despite their numerous investigations, there was very little the FBI could pin on the guy. Let the man live, jeez.
Thank You for a Punctured Ear Drum
Sinatra was a big baby and had to be delivered with the aid of forceps, which left him with severe scars on his left cheek, neck and ear. It also perforated his eardrum, leaving them damaged for the rest of his life. Later, in 1943, he was officially classified as not acceptable for military service because of his perforated eardrum. Towards the end of the war, Sinatra joined several overseas USO tours to help entertain the troops.
Big Ol’ Asteroid
The rock, called 7934 Sinatra, was discovered on September 26, 1989 by E. W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory.
He was buried with mementos from family friends
Sinatra died on May 14, 1998 at the age of 82. Over 400 mourners attended his funeral. Before he was buried, his family and friends placed several items into his coffin, including a small bottle of Jack Daniel’s, a pack of Camel cigarettes and a zippo lighter, and a dime.