Not another Sinatra comeback...? No, this time it's Frank's son and he's a dead ringer for Dad


Last updated at 08:09 07 January 2008

At first glance, it might appear that Ol' Blue Eyes is back.

But the man at the microphone in a Hollywood hotel this weekend was not the famous singer, but his son Frank Sinatra Jr (oh, and the eyes were brown.)

While as a singer he has always suffered in comparison with his late father, it seems that in looks the two have much in common.

Performing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 63-year-old Frank Jr displayed the grey hair, jowls and dapper suit that all became associated with his father in his later years.

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Microphone in hand, he appeared to have copied Sinatra's style down to the handkerchief poking out of his suit pocket. He even had the same dramatic hand gestures and cheeky grin.

He performed his father's hits including My Way and New York, New York as part of his Sinatra Sings Sinatra tour.

But the fact that he was not his legendary father was reflected in the ticket price - the most expensive seats for Saturday's concert cost only $60 (£30). Those for a Rod Stewart concert at the same venue later this month are $300.

Frank Jr once said of being the not-so-famous son of an extremely successful father: "It is 50 per cent help and 50 per cent hindrance." But he added: "There is another Winston Churchill in the House of Commons. Do you think he cares about his name? I don't."

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The first-born son of the singer and his first wife Nancy Barbato, Frank Jr became his father's musical director and conductor towards the end of his life and toured the world with him.

After his father died in 1998, Frank continued the family name by performing with his jazz orchestra.

He is close to his sisters Nancy and Tina, but the three became estranged from their father's fourth wife, Barbara, when she did not call them when the singer was dying.

Nancy has had more success as a singer. She had an enduring hit in 1966 with These Boots Are Made For Walking and duetted with her father on Something Stupid.