It was not merely its close proximity to Jilly’s—Frank Sinatra’s favorite hangout when he was in New York—that brought him to Carnegie Hall so many times. Sinatra had a long history here—one that began in 1945, when he was the skinny idol of the bobbysoxers and accepted an award for his work toward racial tolerance in a gala program that featured Duke Ellington, Josh White, and Zero Mostel. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Sinatra regularly settled in to Carnegie Hall for a week or more at a time: Tickets were usually gone as soon as they went on sale.
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Frank Sinatra at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall’s performance history database covers more than 50,000 concerts and events that occurred at Carnegie Hall from its opening in 1891 to the present. Explore events related to Frank Sinatra (these links will open in a new tab with the performance history search tools):
- First Appearance: Meeting: Young Americans for Roosevelt, October 24, 1944
- Final Appearance: Irving Berlin 100th Birthday Celebration, May 11, 1988
- Detailed Appearance History