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Harry Connick, Jr.

| March 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

I met Frank Sinatra a couple of times. I met him once when I was a kid and he patted me on the head. I was about 8 years old. I met him once when I was singing at his birthday party, for about a thousand people, I guess. It was a big concert where all these people sang, at the Beverly Hills Hilton. And then I met him at a dinner not long after that, when I asked Liza [Minnelli] if she would introduce me to him formally. And she did. She brought me and my then-girlfriend Jill to his table and he stood up from his meal and I introduced myself. He said, “I know who you are and appreciate what you’re doing.” I asked him a question about how he hit a high A-flat on “You Make Me Feel So Young.” At the time, it was out of my range, and we have a similar range. I was only 23 or 24. I said, “How did you hit that high A-flat?” And he kind of paused then said, “I just opened my mouth and it was there” (laughs). It was a very profound statement at the time, and it still is, really. It just makes you think how silly rules are. Just shut up and sing (laughs).

From Performing Songwriter Issue 78, June 2004

Category: In Their Own Words

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