Skip to content

A Memory Of Frank Sinatra In Miami

I have such fond memories of the filming of Sinatra's "A Hole In the Head". The way where he played the owner of a Miami Hotel (my hometown) and Jimmy played his brother and they sang "High Hopes".

The movie was shot over 40 days between Nov 10, 1958 Jan 9, 1959…released June 17, 1959.

That was me those 40 days, 7 years old and sitting with my mother on the seawall (with the beach behind us)…. Frank Capra was shooting at the Cardozo Hotel (the same hotel currently owned by Gloria Estafan) and we were watching them film the movie because my mother was a huge Frank Sinatra fan.

My parents were running the coffee shop in the Cardozo Hotel -renamed the Garden Of Eden in the movie, until they closed the hotel down for the shoot. My parents then took over the coffee shop in the Netherlands two hotels down.

The Cardozo Hotel is on 13th and Ocean Drive and I pretty much spent my childhood running around every nook and cranny in both hotels.

My Mom was such a huge fan that she would go alone whenever Sinatra was appearing in Miami Beach and give the maitre d’ the tip to get a seat at the bar to see him perform, she just adored him.

I do remember asking her while we were sitting on the seawall watching one day "What is it you see in Frank?". Her response to a 7 year old was pretty damn amazing. Mom said that besides loving the way he sang, he was “no fucking good” and that is what made him exciting.

Whatever it might have been, even I loved listening to him sing and I totally understand what she was saying.  I  remember that finally as a young adult seeing him perform here in nyc. It was pretty amazing, it was at MSG, I was pretty in awe of it.

We had tons of his albums and they would be playing all the time.

In 1993 I was living in New York and I got a call from Miami and rushed home. My Mom was dying. She spent the last week in and out of consciousness and on that Wednesday in November she was alert and sitting up, I went out and bought two copies of Sinatra's just released "Duets". I put the ear buds in my Mom's ears and played the album for her and at one point I took them out of her ears to tell her something and my Mom snapped at me, "What are you doing? Put them back in. It's Frank."

So here’s to you Ole Blue Eyes….HAPPY BIRTHDAY, from Mommy and me.

Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo
LET-ME-HELP-LOGO

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

US Top Ten Singles Tracking 1-27-23 – 2-2-23

By Iman Lababedi | February 7, 2023 |

Miley makes it three at the top

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1983 (Volume 14, Number 12)

By Steve Crawford | February 7, 2023 |

kind of soulful

Going Steady: New singles 2-3-22 – 2-9-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 6, 2023 |

better than you remember

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Recorded release 2-10-23 -2-16-23

By Iman Lababedi | February 6, 2023 |

it has been four years since her last long player

How to Get Your Music Noticed

By Emma Hil | February 5, 2023 |

quickly get your music noticed

Press Releases For February: Here Are The Artists

By Alyson Camus | February 5, 2023 |

A fast rock & roll song performed with a retro punk vibe

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – April 1983 (Volume 14, Number 11)

By Steve Crawford | February 5, 2023 |

the final issue edited by Susan Whitall

Best Albums Of 2023 Alphabetically By Artist Ending January 31st

By Iman Lababedi | February 5, 2023 |

hard rock meets classic rock meets Americana

L.A. Burning: West Coast Concert Picks February 6th To 12th

By Alyson Camus | February 4, 2023 |

Chuck D is at the Grammy Museum

On The Red Carpet For The Screening Of “The Beast Inside” At The Angelica Cinema, Sunday, January 29th, 2023: pictures by Billy Hess

By admin | February 4, 2023 |

a powerhouse performance by Sadie Katz and SohoJohnny as you never thought you’d see him

Scroll To Top