Sinatra in the UK
Leo Green tells the story of Frank Sinatra's unsuccessful 1953 UK tour. Those who saw the shows remember half-empty houses but some brilliant live performances.
Leo Green tells the little known story of Sinatra's 1953 tour of the UK. Smarting from his failed marriage to Ava Gardner and his tax problems and worried about how his comeback movie 'From Here To Eternity' would be received, Sinatra spent 2 months in England and Scotland often playing to small audiences. People who saw the shows remember half empty houses but some brilliant live performances. Features archive 1953 recordings from BBC Radio's 'Show Band Show' and an unofficial tape from the Blackpool Opera House.
This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2.