My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

Jack and Frank

by Paul Bellini

Had he lived so long, Frank Sinatra would have been 100 years old on December 12. Of course Ol’ Blue Eyes was buried in 1998, but his legacy lives on. 

Now, I’m cynical enough to know that all this hoopla over Frank’s 100th is just a way to renew interest in both his remarkable song catalogue and his many motion pictures. The man was a huge star, in case you didn’t know. So it was with this in mind that I went to the launch of Jack Daniels’ new brand Sinatra Select. Apparently, it’s $300/bottle and not available here, so I had to attend.

The event was held at the CC Lounge and Supper Club, where revellers enjoyed Manhattans and hors d’oeuvres. I’m a big fan of Jack Daniels, so of course the evening went down smooth.

The whole event reminded me of Frank’s life, and about how Ava Gardner once said “There’s only 10 pounds of Frank, but there’s 110 pounds of cock”, or Natalie Wood, who said “That has got to be the biggest damn cock I’ve ever seen in my life.” Food for thought. Those tidbits and a lot more Sinatra gossip can be found in Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince’s book Sinatra, The Boudoir Singer. So allow me to raise a glass of Jack to Frank Sinatra. A great voice and a big dick - still worth celebrating even after 100 years.