Saturday, December 12, 2015



SINATRA @ 100 

Francis Albert Sinatra was born 100 years ago on this in an upstairs tenement at 415 Monroe Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was the only child of Italian immigrants Natalina "Dolly" Garaventa, the daughter of a lithographer from Genoa, and Antonino Martino "Marty" Sinatra, the son of grape growers from Lercara Friddi, near Palermo. The couple had eloped on Valentine's Day, 1913 and married in a civil ceremony in Jersey City, New Jersey. Sinatra weighed 13.5 pounds (6.1 kg) at birth and had to be delivered with the aid of forceps, which caused severe scarring to his left cheek, neck, and ear, and perforated his ear drum, damage that remained for life. Due to his injuries at birth, his baptism at St. Francis Church in Hoboken was delayed until April 2, 1916. A childhood operation on his mastoid bone left major scarring on his neck, and during adolescence he suffered from cystic acne that scarred his face and neck. Sinatra was raised Roman Catholic.
Through the years WARM Radio was right there with Frank Sinatra. If you listened to Sinatra in the early years of WARM you heard this song.
When the fifties came, WARM played this Sinatra song as well as promoted his movies on air. 
During the 60s, WARM used Sinatra's song "Dream" as a sign off song. 

When Ron Allen had his afternoon show on WARM, he loved to put an ID during the pause in the "Strangers In the Night" tune. 

During the move to more progressive rock in 1967, amidst the Beatles Sergeant Peppers songs was Frank's "The Summer Wind".

 During the 1990s, when both Ron Allen and George Gilbert returned to the airways for a short time, WARM played Frank's "Duets" Cds relentlessly. 

The Mighty 590 and WARM, music partners for a very long time. It is fitting that locally we remember WARM's role with Frank Sinatra on the 100th anniversary of his birth.