Frank Sinatra‘s 100th birthday was celebrated in Los Angeles on Friday (Oct. 9) with a special tribute concert held at The Park at the Grove.
The outdoor mall, a destination for tourists visiting the Hollywood area, has long used the legendary singer’s music to soundtrack the shopping experience. Likewise, this free performance was open to the public.
Singing Sinatra classics was guitarist-singer George Benson, vocalists Jane Monheit and Renee Olstead and Dave Damiani and the 17-piece No Vacancy Orchestra along with America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Johnny Mandel, who recorded and arranged the Sinatra hit “Ring-A-Ding-Ding,” was also recognized.
The concert followed a signing of the Sinatra 100 book at The Grove’s Barnes & Noble. There, author Charles Pignone and Tina Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s daughter, also participated in a Q&A.
Several more Sinatra 100 events are scheduled for 2015 including a new collection of music — Ultimate Sinatra, and the the multimedia exhibit Sinatra: An American Icon which will premiere in Los Angeles at the GRAMMY Museum on Oct. 21.