One of the very best Frank Sinatra Tribute singers has to be the Jersey boy now Las Vegas star, Frankie Randall.
Frankie was born in Passaic, New Jersey as Frank Joseph Lisbona on January 11, 1938. He was raised in Clifton, NJ. At the age of seven he began classical piano lessons and was immediately acclaimed for his extraordinary musical talents. He continued his classical training until the age of 15 when his interests turned to jazz. It was not long before his outstanding jazz abilities were recognized.
After graduating college in 1959 (Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey), Jilly Rizzo asked Frankie to work at Jilly’s, the late nitery in New York City made world famous by the outstanding entertainment and celebrities who frequented it. It was there that he caught Frank Sinatra’s ear.
Through Mr. Sinatra’s praise, he received more acclaim and a recording contract with RCA Victor Records. Mr. Sinatra quoted, “FRANKIE RANDALL IS MY FAVORITE PIANO PLAYER AND A MARVELOUS TALENT WHO SINGS GREAT AND PLAYS MORE PIANO THAN THERE ARE KEYS”. For three consecutive years he was voted “MOST PROMISING SINGER OF THE YEAR” by the CASHBOX DISC JOCKEY POLL.
He then began his movie career starring in 20th Century’s “WILD ON THE BEACH” followed by “DAY OF THE WOLVES” and several other notable parts. He went on to become a regular on several popular television shows, including The Dean Martin Summer TV Show. . For years, singer, Jennie Smith and Frankie were the Spokespersons and the voices for the Chevrolet commercials.
In the mean time, Frankie continued his nightclub appearances in the top cabarets throughout the world. In 1982 he was asked to appear at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, for a three-week engagement resulting in a contract from Steve Wynn to perform at the property for as long as he wished.
In June, 1983 his obvious musical knowledge and business talents carried him to the position of Entertainment Director where he was an integral part of The Golden Nugget team achieving number one status in Atlantic City. He later became Vice President of Bally’s Grand Hotel and Casino while continuing his musical performances.
In 1991, Frankie resigned from Bally’s to focus, once again, on his musical career.
Frankie’s tribute to Frank Sinatra entitled “RIGHT NOW”, with the Vincent Falcone Orchestra, is one of his most popular and best selling CD’s. Falcone conducted for Frank Sinatra for many years and continues to perform with Frankie.
Frankie continues to perform “A TRIBUTE TO SINATRA” with a large orchestra utilizing Frank Sinatra’s very own original musical orchestrations by such noted arrangers as Don Costa, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones, Billy Byers and Frank Foster. These arrangements were bestowed to Frankie by Mr. Sinatra in February 1997, two years before Sinatra’s passing. Frankie performed his “TRIBUTE TO SINATRA” with the blessings of Frank and Barbara, to sellout crowds and continues to receive overwhelming responses from audiences of all ages.
Frankie performed 150 shows of “Sinatra My Way” at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs, California. He was the headliner in the main showroom at the Suncoast Casino in Las Vegas for nine weekends with the Vincent Falcone Orchestra, performed with the Indian Wells Desert Symphony at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California with 70+ musicians and has headlined at the Superstar Theater at Resorts International in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In addition to his personal performances throughout the world, Frankie produces a show entitled “THAT’S ITALIAN” which has been widely accepted and acclaimed in casinos and performing art centers from coast to coast.Frankie Randall, a “Casino Legends Hall of Fame Inductee” and recipient of his Star on the Palm Spring’s Walk of Stars, is an entertainer/vocalist/classical and jazz pianist/arranger/conductor/composer of both words and music. As other entertainers call him, “The Real Deal”.
Now listen to Frankie’s Tribute to Frank Sinatra;