Blackpool show for Ol’ Blue Eyes tribute

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He’s done it his way, or more precisely Frank’s way for many years now, and marking 100 years since the great crooner’s birth, Louis Hoover comes to Blackpool Opera House.

The Sinatra 100 Centential World Tour is on its UK leg, and heads to the historic venue - a place Ol’ Blue Eyes himself played at the height of his fame in 1950 and 1953 - on Wednesday.

“It’s very strange when you get the chance to play a venue which has a history with Sinatra, when you go into venues he has played,” Louis said. “I say it modestly, but something very eerie happens, a strange thing that I can’t explain.”

The singer originally started out aiming for a career as an actor, but thanks to the influence of his musical family, stumbled across the back catalogue of Sinatra among his jazz singer sisters’ albums.

“In that time, in the 70s, we knew him more from films than from what he contributed to music in the 50s,” Louis said. “I put the record on and turned it up loud - we had a good quality hifi - and I had never heard such a powerful sound and it knocked me into next door as he sang Come Fly With Me.

“It was an epiphany, just like that.”

He went on to start a career as a singer and stand-up comic, soon finding you couldn’t be taken seriously as the former with the latter also on your CV, and while he was a club circuit contemporary of the likes of Bobbie Davro and Brian Conley, he made the commitment to music - soon winning gigs at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

And he keeps the serious side in place with his Sinatra shows, enlisting top musicians for the band, adding: “It has to be done with respect and a musical pedigree.”

* Louis Hoover, Sinatra 100 Centential World Tour, Opera House, Blackpool, Wednesday. Call (01253) 6252525 for tickets.