Bucks County Herald

Chip Mergott: Music Minute

A classic moment

Comedian Tom Dreesen, Frank Sinatra’s opening act for decades, tells a story of a concert moment that happened when the Chairman was in his 70s.

Frank’s memory had been faltering, and one night he actually came to a halt in the middle of a song, totally lost. The band stopped playing one by one as Mr. Sinatra just kept repeating “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” into the mic.

Many thought “This is it – the end of a beautiful career.” But suddenly a fan shouted “That’s all right Frank – don’t worry about it- we love you!”

An ovation started that lasted for minutes, and this self described “saloon singer” came back out and nailed every note, every nuance of “Mack the Knife ” singing like a man 40 years younger.

That moment of encouragement and love led to two more years of performing before Sinatra’s final retirement.

The Mergott Music Minute is heard daily on WDVR fm 89.7, and wdvrfm.org.



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