Sinatra and the Jack Pack
Frank Sinatra desperately wanted to be a part of the gang. He had his own famed ‘Rat Pack’, of course, made up of hard drinking, womanizing, louche individuals like himself – guys like Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior and Peter Lawford. But the guy ‘ol blue eyes’ really wanted to hang with was Lawfords brother-in-law, the Real Chairman of the Board, John.F.Kennedy.
Sinatra and Kennedy had first met in 1956. The two men liked the good things in life and thrived on their mutual ability to attract women, male admirers and adoring acolytes who would help to show them a good time. As Kennedy edged towards the Presidency, Sinatra assiduously courted the relationship, even recording a special version of his hit “High Hopes” as the candidates campaign song and persuading many of his influential Hollywood friends to back Jack
His loyalty was rewarded with exceptional access to the Kennedy White House, including JFK’s trust to allow him accompany Jackie to a number of celebratory balls on the night of the inauguration.
But on the evening of 20th March 1962 Frank was unexpectedly and abruptly ejected from Jacks gang. This is the story of how and why.