The Troy Street Observer

Jan 20, 1953: Ol’ Blue Eyes Opens at Latin Quarter

Frank Sinatra opened for 10 days at the Latin Quarter on January 20, 1953; it was his only Boston nightclub engagement as a single. The Latin Quarter, on Winchester Street, was the top night spot in town, and just the place for Sinatra on his comeback trail. Backed by Larry Green’s band, Sinatra sang his current hit, “Birth of the Blues,” and songs from Porgy and Bess. Sinatra enjoyed his time in Boston, hanging around Storyville, where the Ellington Orchestra was playing, and filling a shift on WORL-AM radio, reading commercials and spinning records. It was during this engagement that Sinatra learned he’d play Maggio in the film From Here to Eternity; he won the acadamy award for best supporting actor for it.

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