What a wild time it was! In the 1960s, Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack friends were setting Las Vegas on fire with their hugely popular shows, and Sinatra, much like Elvis Presley and Tom Jones, was one of those rare entertainers who made women swoon and throw their unmentionables on the stage. Their somewhat slapstick stage performances looked easy and effortless but took a lot out of Sinatra. His solution was to create a hideaway a few hours from Las Vegas on a pinnacle of land above Palm Desert, California where he could chill out in peace. Frank Sinatra’s former home, Villa Maggio, is now on the market, priced at $4.25 million.
Sinatra’s lifestyle was a bit on the wild side as he ran with his Rat Pack of friends: Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Always in the press, Sinatra’s every move, whether good, bad or controversial, was always on display to the public. But nothing would deter his fans. They bought his albums, watched him on television and saw all his films when he became an award-winning actor. After he died in 1998 at age 82, there was a buying frenzy of his albums in music stores everywhere. Some have tried to copy his style, but none have achieved his unique sound.