Celebrations planned for 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth
Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth, born Dec. 12, 1915 in Hoboken. But that's not the only city that will be celebrating the Jersey boy. Several celebrations are planned in the Garden State and throughout the country.
If you're a big Sinatra fan, you've probably already heard about the Grammy-style celebration that took place in Las Vegas on Dec. 2 featuring superstars such as Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys and John Legend. But it's only right that Sinatra, the original Jersey boy, should also be remembered in Hoboken and vicinity, the city of his birth. So here is what's going on to mark the occasion:
- The Hoboken Historical Museum has an ongoing Sinatra exhibit. It began last August and will continue until July 3 of next year. Museum Director Robert Brooks says normally they do not have anything about Sinatra. He says they do changing exhibits on historical topics such as the German immigration, ocean liners, Hoboken and World War I. But of course, they are now featuring, "Frank Sinatra, the Man, the Voice and the Fans."
- Also at the Hoboken Historical Museum, there will be singers outside of the museum on Saturday performing Sinatra favorites.
- The museum will dedicate a very large 30-inch plaque in honor of 'Ol Blue Eyes.
- On Saturday, a tribute concert will be staged at the Bissinger Room on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. The event will feature different singers, a big band and a buffet dinner. All 250 tickets for the event are sold out.
- In New York City, Sinatra will be remembered on Saturday as the Empire State Building is lit up in "Sinatra Blue," as a tribute to 'Ol Blue Eyes.
Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor at New Jersey 101.5.