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May 18, 1998 - Image 11

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Monday, May 18, 1998 - The Michigan Daily - 11

Sinatra still loved by fans

Beachcomber's and other Sinatra
haunts are gone. But Sorrentino's is
still thriving. A message on the side of
the building speaks for many in this
desert resort that Frank Sinatra called
ome for much of his life: "Frank Lives
Our Hearts."
Here and around the world, fans old
and young celebrated on Saturday the
life of the skinny singer who became
pop music's Chairman of the Board.
They tuned into radio and television
tributes and snapped up his greatest
hits in a buying binge that could rival
those that followed the deaths of Elvis
Presley and John Lennon.
"I love his music. It's romantic," 34-
mar-old Rosina Garcia said as she
1ubed through the Sinatra collection
at the Wherehouse music store in Palm
Springs. "All my friends back East are
"He lived a bold and wonderful life,"
said Margie Cromier, a 36-year-old Los
Angeles area resident who's riding a
wave of youthful nostalgia for the
music of the Swing Era. "It's a loss, but
he had a day in the sun."
Las Vegas remembered the man who
noswwmillions to stage shows and casi-
nos with his aura of smoky, whiskey-
tinged good times by dimming the lights
on the famed Strip for one minute
Friday night. In Hollywood, Capitol
Records marked the passing of one of its
biggest stars by draping black bunting
around the top of its headquarters high-
rise that resembles a stack of records.
TV news coverage gave way to a
flood of hastily assembled tributes and
*edleys featuring Sinatra's songs,
movies and television works.
And the rush was on at music stores,
where Sinatra's albums flew off the
"You wouldn't believe it, there's like
six people looking through his stuff
right now," said Ed Chavey, a salesman
at the Tower Records store in
At Barnes and Noble on Manhattan's
*ifth Avenue, 42-year-old Joe
Mangano of Brooklyn passed a nearly
empty display of Sinatra-related books
labeled "Remembering Frank Sinatra."
He picked up a copy of "Rat Pack
"It wasn't unexpected, but the fact he
died puts the real importance of his
career in perspective," Mangano said.
In Britain, the rush on music stores

Fans across the country were dismayed to hear of Frank Sinatra's death Thursday

that began with Sinatra's death late
Thursday night in Los Angeles was in
full flood Saturday, with fans favoring
compact discs of his early favorites or
greatest hits.
Sinatra's wife, Barbara, and children
remained at the family's Beverly Hills
home, where celebrities visited to pay
their respects in limos, passing knots of
fans who stopped outside to lay flowers
or just gawk.
Among those who dropped by were
actor Robert Wagner and comedian
Toin Dreesen. Wagner told reporters he
will speak at Sinatra's funeral
Wednesday, and Dreesen said he would
be a pallbearer.
Sinatra, whose innumerable "signa-
ture" tunes included "My Way," "New
York, New York" and "Strangers in the
Night," died of heart failure at 82 after
months of declining health and fre-
quent death rumors. A funeral mass
will be held at noon on Wednesday at
Good Shepherd Catholic Church in
Beverly Hills, Sinatra spokeswoman
Susan Reynolds said.
A vigil service is planned for 7:30
p.m. tomorrow at the same church.

Both services will be private and will
be officiated by Cardinal Roger
Mahony, spiritual leader of the Los
Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese.
Burial will also be private, Ms.
Reynolds said. She did not give a fam-
ily name.
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