The Chairman would have turned 100 this year, 35 years after his last top 40 hit in 1980. But the ambitious triple album that birthed "Theme From 'New York, New York'" also wrought the most cosmically zany, critically savaged recordings of his career.
Frank Sinatra was in the middle of a 1978 recording session at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank when his longtime producer Sonny Burke walked in and halted the proceedings. Vincent Falcone, a pianist-conductor who had worked with Sinatra for two years at that point, recalls that the singer, then 63, was recording Cy Coleman's "I Love My Wife." He doesn't remember if the song was intended for a new album -- but whatever the purpose of the session, Burke thought he had a better idea.