Frank Sinatra in The Tender Trap (1955)
So, I was reading “America’s first network TV censor: the work of NBC’s Stockton Helffrich” and it said, in reference to Martin and Lewis hosting CCH, “Helffrich cut entire sequences, proscribing any overt sexual impropriety or underlying gay motif.”
They were edited to be less gay, and this is the result. So what did their act look like before the censors got to it?
“I would like to be remembered as a man who brought an innovation to popular singing—a peculiar, unique fashion that I wish one of these days somebody would learn to do so it doesn’t die where it is. I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living his life, and who had good friends, fine family—and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually. I think that would do it.”
Rest in Peace Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915-May 14, 1998)
Most of what has been written about me is one big blur, but I do remember being described in one simple word that I agree with. It was in a piece that tore me apart for my personal behavior, but the writer said that when the music began and I started to sing, I was “honest.” That says it as I feel it. Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe. I’m honest. If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. You have to reach out to them with total honesty and humility…You can be the most artistically perfect performer in the world, but an audience is like a broad—if you’re indifferent, endsville. That goes for any kind of human contact: a politician on television, an actor in the movies, or a guy and a gal. That’s as true in life as it is in art.
Rest in Peace, Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915-May 14, 1998)