Today in History: Frank Sinatra at the War Memorial (1976)

Frank Sinatra, October 16, 1976 - 10439067-essay

On October 16th, 1976, Frank Sinatra played at the Onondaga County War Memorial in front of crowd of 9,000 people in downtown Syracuse. The concert had been sold-out for months. The songs Sinatra sang included “Stargazer,” “For Once in My Life,” “Like a Sad Song,” “Send in the Clowns,” and he finished with “My Way.”  He returned to Syracuse to perform in 1978 at the New York State Fair Grandstand, 1980 at the Carrier Dome, and 1994 at the War Memorial. The following day, the Syracuse Post-Standard had this review of the concert:


Sinatra’s performance in Syracuse would be a bit of a homecoming, at least for his songs. Many of Sinatra’s hits were written by Syracuse native Jimmy Van Heuesen. Listen to the whole set list below:

(Note: Some of the songs are by the original artist and not Frank Sinatra. These songs are also not a recording from the night at the War Memorial.)