​Frank Sinatra at 100

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Sinatra 100 (9 p.m., CBS) – A tribute celebrating what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday includes performances from Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr., Lady Gaga, John Legend, Alicia Keys and others.

There’s a fine line between charm and cheese, and a cabaret singer stepping off stage, wandering over to your table and singing to you threatens to fall tragically on the wrong side of it.Turns out, the diversity of the talent lineup for “Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert,” airing Sunday at 9 p.m., is precisely the point of this homage to the singer from Hoboken, N.J., known both as “Ol’ Blue Eyes” and “The Chairman of the Board.” “He really created the greatest school of popular singing and made it possible for all of us to have a great living doing this,” Bennett, 89, said by phone from Las Vegas this week shortly before the taping of the show at the Wynn Encore Theater.

Mayim Bialik (of “Blossom” and “The Big Bang Theory” fame) stars as a newly single woman who meets a handsome, soon-to-be engaged stranger (Ryan McPartlin of “Chuck”) on a plane in “The Flight Before Christmas” (Lifetime at 8 p.m.). But despite a love-hate relationship, the mile-square New Jersey city where Frank Sinatra was born is finding the centennial of his birth to be a very good year. Bennett is the singer who was closest to Sinatra, personally and musically, among the show’s performers, also including Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Seth MacFarlane, Trisha Yearwood and Juanes. When their flight is diverted because this is a Lifetime movie (I mean, because of a snowstorm), they end up sharing a room at a B&B owned by a couple who will look familiar to fans of “Family Matters.” Sunday talk shows: “Capital Download” (WUSA at 8:30 a.m.) talks to Glenn F.

And Holmes is responding in typically waspish fashion: ‘Sorry, you’ll have to speak up, I can’t hear you over that shirt.’ As his pianist strikes up A Foggy Day in London Town, he sashays over to us – it really is the only word – and if you’ve ever tried to eat shrimp and lobster linguine while being sung to you’ll know how potentially uncomfortable that can be. Showing off her slender, toned curves – as well as her impressive award-winning vocals – the country star donned the gorgeous gown with confidence. But it turns out I don’t need to break and enter, because we manage to sweet-talk our way in to Frank Sinatra’s old holiday home – and take a peek at one of the music world’s most famous swimming pools.

Throughout 2015, Hoboken has remembered its native son, who died in 1998 at age 82, with outdoor screenings of his movies, a “Sinatra Idol” competition and concerts that will be capped by a centennial birthday bash on Dec. 12 at the Stevens Institute of Technology, which awarded the high school dropout an honorary degree in 1985. Lovely song, mind, usually associated with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, but memorably covered by Frank Sinatra on Songs For Young Lovers, one of a classic series of albums he recorded for the Capitol label in the 1950s. Her pretty frock, complete with a train, also included a delicate metallic embellished detail across her trim waistline, with a matching collar adorning her neck. The Hoboken Historical Museum has seen a 300 percent jump in visitors since opening a Sinatra exhibit in early August and has hired extra staff, director Robert Foster said.

Santelli noted equal measures of artistry and entertainment reflected in Sinatra’s recordings, his live performances and film career — which makes the connection a little more relevant to a country superstar such as Brooks, a Latin pop dynamo like Juanes or an R&B-pop singer such as Keys. “Today, of course, music has become so diverse,” Santelli said. “But there are common denominators. Born on December 12, 1915, the Voice of the Century lived in the desert resort of Palm Springs from 1948 to 1957, and was a frequent visitor into the 1970s. She completed her elegant appearance with her golden blonde locks coiffed into a chic, curled style pushed over to one shoulder, and a magical application of smokey shadow to highlight her pretty eyes.

Lacking any major items that belonged to Sinatra, the museum tells his story through media displays, and visitors receive a map with their $4 admission that features Sinatra sites. According to Holmes, Sinatra and Barbara were occasional visitors and were not above having a smooch on the dancefloor, although you will find such claims do not always stand up to forensic analysis.

The petite star rocked a magnificent black gown with a sheer panel all the way down the front, briefly covered in an oversized and very open lace-style print. Named after the two towering palm trees which loom over the 4,500 square foot, four-bedroom, seven-bathroom property, it was built for him in 1947 by acclaimed local architect E Stewart Williams. We could sit down and put together a list of repertoire from Frank over the course of his career and try to figure out what’s going to make for a great two hours, and that in itself is difficult.” “Then you can start a list of artists you think could do a great job with that,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is, with many, many artists, you don’t know how that’s going to work until you get there.

Steve Scalise (R-La.); “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 7:30 p.m.) has Juan Gabriel Valdés, ambassador of Chile; “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) hosts Trump. Sunday night on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox at 8:30), Jake and Rosa are forced to work with a pair of Swedish police officers, and the teams get very competitive. However, some Hoboken residents felt Sinatra had forgotten them, reflected in the reception he got when he rode on a float in a 1947 parade and was pelted with tomatoes, according to biographer Ed Shirak.

Some are interested, some are totally intimidated: ‘You’re kidding—you want me to sing something of Frank’s?’ Inevitably you’ll see the comparisons. “So the theory of it is one thing. The reality is another,” Portnow said. “Then to see them hit it out of the park — and I think you’ll see a lot of that on Sunday — and not only come off the stage with a smile, but to see them enjoying the moment, pleased to be there and pleased at what they were able to accomplish in this very unique project … I’m feeling a little like a proud papa.” One facet of the performances during Sunday’s two-hour special is that the house band, led by Grammy-winning musician and producer Don Was, is using the original arrangements written for Sinatra by such respected arrangers as Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, Don Costa and Quincy Jones. Performers will touch on the various phases of that journey, from his early years as a singer fronting the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Harry James through his emergence as arguably the first teen idol because of the legions of girls and young women who swooned during his appearances, through his second career as an actor, and then later as an esteemed elder statesman of the golden age of popular music.

Bennett said he chose “I’ve Got the World on a String” for his portion of the salute because the 1932 song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler holds special meaning for him. “I’d go see Sinatra when he was performing in London or New York or Los Angeles,” Bennett said. “Whenever or wherever he was performing I’d go see him. Having just made his first million, the singer felt a Georgian-style mansion was the kind of statement he wished to make, but Williams thankfully dissuaded him, and came up with something more desert-appropriate, a classic in the style now known as mid-century modern. If you need something to wipe away your gala blues, we’ve found options – some in cocktail length to keep you bright and cheery this holiday season.

With Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby now living in what was nicknamed the “Movie Colony”, Frank’s home swiftly became the party pad. And for many years, that became his opening song, because he loved it so much.” Bennett has sung the songs many times during his career, but he said this was the first time he’d used the same arrangement as his old friend and onetime musical idol. “There’s a great spirit in this show,” Bennett said. “It really reaffirms that he’s going to live forever. Underneath, she clad her toned figure and protected her modesty with a tiny nude dress, while the rest of the gown was constructed with an oversized, billowing gothic-effect skirt.

Nowadays, you can get in only if you take a private architecture tour (themoderntour.com, £100), are hiring the property for a wedding, or book a holiday there for a cool £1,700 a night (sinatrahouse.com). Frank and his Rat Pack pals used to go in for one of Sherman’s legendary sandwiches and sit at the back, by the window; their signed picture, alongside those of other famous patrons like Barry Manilow to Elvis, hangs on the wall.

Channelling androgynous style and a skintight take on the classic white shirt, the pretty blonde took to the stage in a top hat to belt out some of his most famous hits. Speaking about the landmark event held in the music icon’s honour, President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow said: ‘Frank Sinatra is a voice for all generations.

Six years ago it underwent an impressive £56million renovation, and now drips with black and red glass chandeliers, silk wallpaper, gold leather and mirrors. His showmanship and artistry have remained unmatched since he began performing professionally in the 1930s to his last recording 21 years ago.’ ‘Today, he continues to gain popularity for his classic sound and signature style.

It’s a place preserved in time, like many of its somewhat tight-faced customers, who sip Martinis as the mustachioed, dinner-jacketed waiters flambé Crêpe Suzette or Steak Diane at tables. They say women wanted to be with Frank, while men wanted to be him, and no wonder men wanted to be him; all that money, all those lovers AND a huge train set.

Behind me are dozens of black and white portraits of Melvyn’s famous clientele, while he regales us with anecdotes about his most notorious guest, including the time the barman was taking too long to mix Frank a drink, so that when it eventually arrived, Frank simply threw it against a wall. Twin Palms is at the heart of Palm Springs’ Movie Colony, which we were guided through by a permatanned phenomenon called Ken Huskey, who has the homes-of- the-rich-and-famous business more or less tied up.

Do try: Take a trip up nearby San Jacinto Mountain on the Aerial Tramway for stunning views across the town and the desert (£16). pstramway.com Or go for a guided trek along the Indian Canyons horse trail – there’s no better way to see the beautiful desert. The reason Palm Springs is so replete with Hollywood legend, apparently, is that when the studios held stars under contract, those contracts often stipulated actors live within two hours of Hollywood in case of early shooting.

This took in Palm Springs, which fortuitously was also just far enough away from the legion of venomous gossip columnists for stars to enjoy a personal life they didn’t necessarily want exposed to the public gaze. Hours later I was up in those mountains courtesy of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a ten-minute journey that takes you 8,516ft up into the Mount San Jacinto State Park.

There are 54 miles of mountain-top hikes to enjoy if you are that way inclined, but those of us in search of the soul of Sinatra had more meals to eat. At Johnny Costa’s Ristorante, a Palm Springs institution for 40 years, Johnny’s son Vince told us how Sinatra was a huge fan of Johnny’s cooking, especially clams linguine. When the singer ordered the dish one night, at a restaurant where Johnny used to work, and found it had been cooked by a sous chef very much not Costa-style, he was so miffed he threw it at the wall. The music, though, remains unassailable, the greatest songbook never interpreted better, and back in The Purple Room, the trio continues to pay tribute, as couples gently shimmy on the dancefloor: ‘A cigarette that bears a lipstick’s traces, an airline ticket to romantic places…’

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