Painting Frank Sinatra

Sinatra smile by Neira

The image of Frank Sinatra was captured in thousands of photographs over the years.  Some are on the album covers found in millions of record collections.  Some were on movie posters and in concert programs seen throughout the world.  And some fill the many books and magazines in which he was featured.  And then there is Frank Sinatra as art, brought to life by painters who chose for their subject this incomparable recording artist, actor, and concert performer.   According to a Sinatra expert, one such artist is Argentina’s Marcelo Neira. 

FrankLV by Neira - Copy

Marcelo worked first as an illustrator, with his work published in newspapers and magazines.  Then he turned to portrait painting, focusing on celebrities.  His collection of celebrity portraits includes movie stars like Al Pacino, Humphrey Bogart and Sean Connery.   

Among the jazz musicians Marcelo has painted are Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie.  Rock and roll musicians represented are Elvis, The Beatles and Prince, among others. 

Rat Pack serious by Neira

But the one celebrity to whom Marcelo really gravitated would be Frank Sinatra.  A true Sinatra aficionado, he has a large collection of Sinatra music and memorabilia, and has even hosted a Sinatra themed radio show.  However, when you see his beautiful paintings of the chairman of the board you’d probably agree that they pay the greatest tribute of all.  By the way, Marcelo’s Frank Sinatra collection, which is truly inspired, also includes wonderful paintings of Rat Pack co-stars Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.  To see and purchase some beautiful portrait art, visit Marcelo at  (Below:  Marcelo Neira)


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Tom Dreesen, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

tom-dreesenFrank  Sinatra’s longest running opening act was a fine comedian named Tom Dreesen, who preceded Frank on stage for the last fourteen years that Frank performed.  But before he was with Frank, Tom opened for Frank’s pal Sammy Davis Jr.

As a young comedian, Tom had a lot of material about being a White guy growing up in a Black neighborhood south of Chicago.  He knew Sammy would love the jokes, so he became determined to get on a TV show Sammy had, called Sammy and Company.  But Tom wasn’t having much luck until one day when Bill Cosby cancelled and they needed somebody fast.  Tom got on at the last minute, and sure enough, Sammy loved him. 

After the show, Sammy surprised Tom, saying “You’re a funny man.  You’re coming with me”.  Tom said “Coming with you?  Coming with you where?”  Sammy said “I’m playing some theaters in the East in a couple of months and you are going to be my opening act”.   So Tom got a lot more than just the TV talk show  booking he had wanted.  He says going on the road with Sammy was the break that catapulted him into the big leagues, where the biggest stars traveled, eventually leading to a job with one of the biggest stars of all.  

From Monty Aidem and

Published in: on February 18, 2009 at 1:29 AM  Leave a Comment  
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