On October 18, 1966 at 8:00PM, Frank Sinatra, in a tux with Mia Farrow on his arm, walked into
Western Recorders on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood and greeted - and joked with - 40 musicians who were
rehearsed and ready to go. 20 minutes later he took Ms Farrow by the hand and left. In between he recorded
THAT'S LIFE. At 3:00AM my wife to be, Michelle, called and told me to, "Turn on KFWB" – then the hottest rock
station in L.A.. And, there it was, Frank Sinatra's new single, THAT'S LIFE. Thanks to hand cut acetate dubs,
a trick used often by producer Jimmy Bowen, the record spread across the nation overnight and went on to
become Sinatra's fastest selling single of all time. I was 22 when I wrote the song as a personal memo to myself.
Four years later I was sitting in a recording studio not five feet from Frank Sinatra listening to the playback of
his recording of what I had written. The experience remains the most surreal of my life ...
a life Mr. Sinatra changed - forever - in just 20 minutes.
(Some album covers link to the record. Don't miss,
Aretha, James Brown, O.C. Smith, Bono
and the ladies from SMASH.)
Frank Sinatra first heard "That's Life" on his car radio
performed by O.C. Smith
(Click th ablum cover to hear the record.)