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Ol' Blue Eyes Is Mourned

May 19, 1998 12:00 AM ET

As the weekend passed, plans unfolded for the funeral and legacy of Frank Sinatra.

The leader and last living member of the famed Brat Pack will be remembered at a private vigil Tuesday night conducted by Cardinal Roger Mahony at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills, Calif. Funeral services will be held the following morning, with eulogies given by Frank Sinatra Jr., Kirk Douglas and others. Sinatra will be buried at the family plot in Desert Memorial Park near Palm Springs.

Frank Sinatra's long and storied career is grafted inextricably onto twentieth century American entertainment history. With a bad boy reputation that almost transcended his six-decade-long film and recording careers, Sinatra was a constant in a wildly varying world that pre-dated the Red Scare and coasted nearly a decade beyond the fall of the Berlin Wall.

"Sinatra has been the voice of popular music for more than half a century, and his recorded legacy is the cornerstone of American culture," said Tommy Mottola, president/CEO of Sony Records. In memory of the singer, Sony subsidiary, Columbia/Legacy will issue a two-CD set of previously unreleased radio cuts. Capitol and Reprise, two of Sinatra's other labels, report that they will produce similar packages and reissues.

Although he was a rough-'n-tumble guy, Sinatra was also generous, as evidenced by the New York Post's report that Ol' Blue Eyes bequeathed between $70 million and $150 million to children's charities. Along the same lines, the Sinatra family has asked that instead of flowers, mourners send donations to Catholic Charities or the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Eisenhower Medical Center, 39000 Bob Hop Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.

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