Frank the Tank

Plenty of musical acts owe their careers, in whole or in part, to a name that rides the success of a predecessor. No less than the Rolling Stones were named for the Muddy Waters song “Rollin’ Stone”; the Hank Williams sequels benefit from their Roman numerals, even as Jr. sings somberly that he’s “standing in the shadows of a very famous man”; and it’s unlikely that Dinosaur Jr. would have sold so many records if dinosaurs hadn’t been so incredibly awesome back in their heyday.

Likewise, Franklin Wayne Emmanuel Sinatra has -- since beginning his career in the early ´60s -- benefited from calling himself Frank Sinatra Jr., likely because no one would shell $60 a pop to see an Emmanuel anything. But so it has gone for the second Sinatra. Where his pops won an Oscar for his performance in From Here to Eternity, Frank Jr. appeared on Son of the Beach as a character called the Notorious Stink Finger. Big Frank got to cavort with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., and marry Mia Farrow; Little Frank never lived down that time he got kidnapped. He may not have fully emerged from the shadows of his famous father, but at least Frank Jr. is the last standing Sinatra singing Sinatra tunes. He’ll fly you to the moon Saturday at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets range $30 to $60, and are available at the box office, at, or by calling Ticketmaster at 954-523-3309.
Sat., Jan. 5, 2008

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Sam Eifling
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