After he saw my blog post on the photography of Terry O’Neill, my husband surprised me with this book: Sinatra: Frank and Friendly – A Unique Photographic Memoir of a Legend. Terry O’Neill spent more than 30 years photographing Frank Sinatra, being one of the very few who were invited “inside”, behind the limelight of his celebrity, and who were granted this trust. This book gathers some of these moments captured on film, which are reproduced in a glossy, photograph-style, giving you the impression that you are leafing through a photo album. This is a photography volume, not heavy on words, but the brief description and occasional quotes from Sinatra and O’Neill that accompany each picture are exactly what enhances the feeling that this is indeed an intimate view on a legend. Being the admirer that I am of both Frank Sinatra and Terry O’Neill, this is a very welcome addition to my collection.
“He judged his audience every night. He’d stand in the wings during the warm-up and watch them, analyse their mood and then tailor the act to their needs, knowing what they’d want the second he stepped in front of them.” Terry O’Neill
“I’m not old enough to understand adults, but I know enough to understand kids.” Frank Sinatra
“People would run down the aisles, to hand him flowers, bottles of scotch, to kiss his hand, or just touch his shoe. He never shirked from them. He hugged them, he kissed them, it was intimate, like a love affair between Frank and his fans.” Terry O’Neill
“He adored women. They were all ladies to Frank. He said ‘I’m supposed to have a Ph.D on the subject; I admire them. But like all men, I don’t understand them.” Terry O’Neill
“It couldn’t happen today – a photographer wouldn’t be allowed the access and the freedom to be around a star as big as Frank Sinatra. But he knew my job was as important to me as his music was to him and he respected that, allowed me the same environment to work in that he would demand for himself.” Terry O’Neill
“You only live once and the way I live once is enough.” Frank Sinatra
photos by me from the book Sinatra: Frank and Friendly – A Unique Photographic Memoir of a Legend