Monday, April 12, 2021

Sinatra Trivia


"Don't Sit on Sinatra"

Telly Savalas as KOJAK


In the December 1974 Kojak episode, Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die, Frank Sinatra is mentioned several times by Greg (George Shannon), the soon-to-be-murdered victim, while in his apartment attempting to seduce his date. He then puts on a Sinatra record but the music is not heard. In an attempt to solve the crime, Kojak (Telly Savalas) mentions Sinatra several more times during the episode. Halfway through the program, he enters the police department holding a copy of Some Nice Things I've Missed and throws the record on a desk as he begins a conversation with others officers. Meanwhile, Sgt. Stavros (Telly's real-life brother George Savalas) sits on the desk without paying attention to what's underneath. Before leaving the office, Kojak turns to Stavros as says "Fatso, you're sittin' on Old Blue Eyes". Unnerved, Stavros picks up the vinyl and hands it over to Kojak before walking out. In the next scene, Kojak arrives at the apartment of Lisa Walden (Andrea Marcovicci), still holding the album, and tells her "I brought you a Frank Sinatra album". Coincidentally, Telly Savalas also recorded a cover of the song "If" (as Sinatra did on this album), which was released as a single only three months later.




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