Wolverhampton-born and fondly remembered from TV’s Emmerdale, Shelton is internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s best interpreters of Frank Sinatra’s music. Sinatra: Raw brings to life the man who defined an era, and whose musical legacy will never die.
Palm Springs, 1971: Frank Sinatra prepares for his last pre-retirement intimate show. But his blue eyes are red-rimmed with memories and regret. He drinks ‘One For My Baby’ too many when things take an unexpected twist. This is the 2am Sinatra you dream of meeting – dangerous, unpredictable, brilliant!
Regrets? He’s had a few. Sinatra gathers a few friends together in the Purple Room, Palm Springs to sing a few songs around the piano, smoke a few cigarettes and reminisce. As the Jack Daniels goes down, the memories surface. He rails against the iniquities of Mafia allegations, a trail of broken love affairs, a life as the leader of the Rat Pack and a life in Hollywood littered with indiscretions and even a suicide attempt.
At the heart of it is the great love of his life, Ava Gardner – arguably the most beautiful actress in Hollywood and known as “The Body”. She’s no pushover and meets him drink for drink and punch for punch as he recalls the heartbreak of their doomed love affair and marriage.
Despite it all, Sinatra emerges triumphant in a belting rendition of ‘That’s Life!’ summing up the substance of the man, and we see what made him such an enduring icon.