Singer Willie Nelson is a “huge” fan of Frank Sinatra. Sinatra apparently responded with this sentiment before his death in 1998. At one point, the two unique music stars banded together on some shows in Las Vegas. It was an unforgettable moment for Nelson, who turned 89 in 2022.
However, Nelson said there have been regrets about their relationship since that time. What happened between them that Nelson carried so little grief over for a few decades?
Willie Nelson Loves “Practically Everything” Recorded by Frank Sinatra
The friendship between Sinatra and Nelson began as a mutual lover. “Practice everything he recorded, I loved it. I’m a huge Sinatra fan,” said Nelson. today. In fact, he released two sets of Sinatra covers: 2018 my way and 2021 this is life.
“I don’t think anyone expected me to sound like Frank, even though I wish I would. I don’t have a good voice,” Pretty Pepper writer said of singing Sinatra’s songs.
So, this means that Nelson’s covers for Sinatra have the classic Willy sound.
And Sinatra seems to have been a huge fan of one of Nelson’s albums in particular. According to AARP, Sinatra supposedly called Nelson his favorite singer after hearing his 1978 album, stardust.
A living country legend once admitted this report while chatting with him the view. He said it was “good as is”.
Willie Nelson regrets not being able to hang out at Frank Sinatra’s house when invited
While Nelson and Sinatra developed a professional bond and apparently enjoyed each other’s work, the two also had some friendship. As such, they eventually collaborated on a series of Las Vegas parties in the ’80s.
But Nelson revealed that he regretted their relationship decades after Sinatra’s death. There was an incident after one of those parties when Nelson was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that he had to miss.
Nelson explained during his interview with today. “I had to get on the bus and go to LA, and I always regretted that I couldn’t go out with Frank.”
While it’s possible that Nelson would have a show in Los Angeles that was the reason he turned down Sinatra’s gesture, it appears the opportunity was never presented to him again.
Willie Nelson learned the crafting of the song from Frank Sinatra
While speaking to AARP, Nelson said Sinatra’s influence isn’t evident in his music, but it’s in a precise place – his phrasing. “I learned a lot about crafting and listening to Frank,” he said. To summarize, he said Sinatra sang as he felt rather than trying to stay behind or ahead of the beat all the time.
And as far as general inspiration was concerned, he said Sinatra was a “great musician” who “always had great instruments” accompanying him. In conclusion: “He knew what he was doing.”
But Nelson also spoke quite a bit about what he knows about Sinatra outside of the music industry. “He was kind of like the rest of us, you know – the wild music-singers who love to stir hell and party and have a good time,” he said. “And I think he did.”
Combined with what fans may know about Nelson’s partying ways, it might come as no surprise to learn that Sinatra wanted to hang out with him – or that he deeply regretted not being able to accept the invitation.
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