1990: The night Ol’ Blue Eyes mes­merised a Glas­gow au­di­ence

The Herald - - OPINION - RUS­SELL LEADBETTER Se­lec­tions from The Her­ald Picture Store

IT was a con­cert that will never be for­got­ten by those who were for­tu­nate enough to be there: Frank Si­na­tra, Ibrox sta­dium, July 1990. “Oh yes, it was a ma­jor or­gan­i­sa­tional sham­bles, which makes it all the more galling for those who missed out,” wrote Jack Web­ster in The Her­ald. “Be­cause this was also, with­out doubt, the great­est show busi­ness night I have seen dur­ing 30 years in Glas­gow. I thought my days of shout­ing and wav­ing were 40 years be­hind me but there I was, a sober-suited cit­i­zen well past that kind of thing, now be­hav­ing like a teenage fa­natic.” On a cold sum­mer night, the sta­dium be­came a caul­dron of worship for the great­est pop­u­lar en­ter­tainer the world had ever seen, Web­ster con­tin­ued. Pun­dits had said that Si­na­tra’s voice was long gone, “so we would be do­ing no more than fit­ting a mem­ory to an in­fe­rior re­al­ity. Fran­cis Al­bert Si­na­tra gave his own mag­nif­i­cent an­swer. From the mo­ment he strode on to that mas­sive stage, he trans­formed that bleak Scottish night into an oc­ca­sion which we quickly sensed was go­ing to live with us for ever... The sound of an ap­pre­cia­tive Glas­gow au­di­ence went with him into the night sky and, by all ac­counts, de­lighted him. I have seen many a top per­former un­der­take the oblig­a­tory tour and be glad to see the last of us. Not so Si­na­tra ... Frankie was tak­ing a good look at us, deeply and gen­uinely moved by what he saw. And what he saw ...was the very best Scottish au­di­ence I have ever en­coun­tered.”

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