Ol’ Blue Eyes Meets the Thin White Duke

This is the best picture I could find of Cherokee Studios. None of these people are Bowie or Sinatra, though one of them is Del Shannon.

This is the best picture I could find of Cherokee Studios. None of these people are Bowie or Sinatra, though one of them is Del Shannon.

I’ve been making my way at a slow but measurable pace through Marc Spitz’s biography Bowie, and today’s fun was the 1975 meeting of Bowie and Frank Sinatra.

One day Frank Sinatra’s people showed up to check [L.A.’s Cherokee Studios] out. Sinatra was looking to to begin recording his post-retirement comeback album (released in 1980 as the triple album Trilogy) and had heard about Cherokee. At first the notion of Sinatra’s arrival was intimidating.

“They told us, ‘Don’t speak to him unless he speaks to you. Only call him Mr. Sinatra,’ ” [Cherokee co-owner Bruce] Robb says. ” ‘Don’t ask him if he needs a mic check. He’ll just walk in and do what he pleases when he pleases.’ ” When the great man actually arrived, he was as friendly and sociable as possible, entertaining Bowie, his band and the Cherokee staff with road stories and gossip.
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