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Interview: Frank Sinatra’s Final Drummer

In honor of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Gregg Field reflects on both the good and the bad of working with the legendary singer. 

There was no grand announcement, no farewell tour. He had tried that 20 years earlier, and it didn’t stick. But on February 25, 1995, after singing for more than 60 years for kings, queens, pirates, and presidents, Frank Sinatra stepped out on a stage in front of adoring fans for what would unknowingly be the last time… The musical relationship between Frank and his musicians, especially his drummer, was intense and personal. Frank loved the powerful rhythmic propulsion at his back, often driven by a cracking “back beat” on the snare.

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