The Day Sinatra Passed

The Day Sinatra Passed, I just happened to be performing at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel... For those of you whom are unaware, Sinatra's presence in the Palms Springs area was significant. He was truly a beloved figure here and much beloved by me.

The sacrifices and stands he took in favor of Sammy Davis Jr and Black People in Entertainment, once I was made aware, really astounded me. I had no idea this man bore that kind of courage. His acts effected me deeply.

On the evening of his passing, I had a large crowd I was performing for. They requested, as you can imagine, a Sinatra song... I decided to perform his signature song "My Way"... Many times when I am performing, and I really feel it, I close my eyes at certain emotional stages of a song to allow the song to consume me. This happened! I multi process when I sing and during this song, flashes of history regarding Sinatra's efforts, particularly in Las Vegas simply enveloped me. It was akin to an out of body experience. I was there only partially. My mind was seemingly in a different dimension... Before I began my approach to the dramatic ending of this great song, I opened my eyes and to my astonishment, there were no dry eyes in the house! Everyone had teared up! I was overwhelmed and I teared up too and broke down just before the dramatic notes I needed to hit to close the song out. Even though that last great note was fractured by emotion the people responded with dynamic appreciation for the entire heartfelt moment... It was extraordinary!

Unfortunately for me, that moment put such a stamp on me going forward, I could never again, perform that song all the way thru... All those remembrances of the emotionalism and significance of that song created from the evening of his passing, disallowed me to continue that song without breaking down all over again... After several mid song embarrassing breakdowns to audiences that had no connection to that evening, I decided to never sing that song again...

Well as fortune would have it, the very first night of my new and exciting engagement on the iconic "Love Boat," this very elegant little old lady sitting right down front, requested that very song... Oh my, what am I to do? What do I do!

I thought, perhaps, an explanation of that evening would suffice as to why I am unable to honor her request... My honesty had touched her and the audience too. I could see it and feel it. She then stood up and said to me "don't worry young man, you will make it thru tonight"... The rest of the audience applauded in support, I obviously had no choice but to attempt it.

Remember, this is my very first night on "The Love Boat," do I dare mess this up! Talk about pressure!

Well I started the song, and as I approached the area (even in practice) where I know I begin to well up, the emotion began to overtake me, the out of body experience began to manifest itself, and I knew I was in trouble but my eyes were open and I looked directly at this beautifully elegant old lady who was supporting me and aiding me along, all through her smile and facial gestures, it happened... I made it pass that point! Wow! I couldn't believe it! Feeling a burst of energy and confidence, I hit the sustained closing note like never before and the audience gave me a thundering standing ovation... I thanked the audience profusely and a special thanks to my angel...

At the end of the cruise I learned I was voted the best Entertainer on board!

Follow your dreams,

Glenn Radcliffe