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Frank Sinatra Told Trump To 'Go F*** Himself' In 1990

Frank Sinatra had his agent tell Donald Trump to “go f*** himself” when the real-estate mogul suggested the singer was asking for too much money to perform at the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.

According to the Independent, the story is part of a newly published book by the agent Eliot Weisman. He wrote that Sinatra told him to deliver the profane message to Trump, or he would do it himself, after hearing that the casino’s new owner had called the crooner’s fee for the 12 planned performances in 1990 “a little rich.”

Weisman recalled that Sinatra also was upset about Trump’s decision to save money by cancelling other acts. Among those cut was singer Sammy Davis Jr., a Sinatra friend who was dying of cancer. In addition, Trump cancelled Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, a husband-and-wife team he allegedly ridiculed by asking Weisman: “Who’s Steve and Eydie?” The agent wrote that the remark prompted him to grab the New York City businessman and attempt to choke him with his tie, until the agent’s son intervened.

The book, “The Way It Was,” chronicles Weisman’s experiences with the legendary “Old Blue Eyes” from 1975-98. He explained that Trump never actually signed a contract with Sinatra. It was Mark Grossinger Etess, the casino’s former owner, who inked the singer to the deal. Etess was killed in a helicopter accident before any of the performances were to take place.

The New York Daily News reported that Sinatra had no trouble finding another gig. He signed on with the Sands casino in Atlantic City. Weisman wrote that he was surprised years later, when Trump agreed to hire Sinatra to sing at the grand opening of the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy, told her Twitter followers in January that the singer “would never support a bigot.” She made the comment when asked whether her father would have been willing to perform at Trump’s inauguration, according to TheWrap. The website pointed out that the incoming president was having trouble finding big-name acts to appear at the ceremony. Two sources TheWrap identified as “talent brokers” claimed that Trump had pledged to give them ambassador positions if they lined up big acts.

The new commander-in-chief apparently was open to paying big bucks for stars such as Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Aretha Franklin. Others who refused to appear at the Jan. 20 swearing-in event were Celine Dion, Garth Brooks, Elton John and Andrea Bocelli. Trump ended up with Jackie Evancho, 16, who rose to fame on the “America’s Got Talent” show; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; the Radio City Rockettes; and the Talladega College marching band.

Sinatra was a huge star on vinyl and in films. His musical hits included “New York New York,” “My Way” and “Strangers in the Night.” He also appeared in dozens of movies, such as “Ocean’s Eleven,” “From Here to Eternity,” “The Man With the Golden Arm” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” Sinatra is remembered for his association with other so-called “Rat Pack” members Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. He died in 1998.

Source: Independent
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