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Sonny Bono

Posted in Desert Memorial Park with tags on June 21, 2013 by Cade


February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998

Salvatore “Sonny” Bono was good at a lot of things.  He was a pretty good singer. He was a much better songwriter, entertainer and producer, though.  This was evidenced by the massive popularity of his 1960’s and ’70’s pop duo, Sonny and Cher. While Cher may have gotten most of the attention and had an arguably better career, it was Sonny who goofily smiled and quietly wrote all of their huge hits. He was a good actor and funnyman. Sonny and Cher had their own TV shows – mostly of the variety genre – and he enjoyed post-S&C success on television and in films like Airplane II and Hairspray. He was even a decent politician. In 1988, he was elected as mayor of Palm Springs, California.  He later went on to serve in the United States Congress for 3 years.  He was, however, not that great of a skier. That’s not exactly fair.  He may very well have been a fine skier.  But on January 5th, 1998, he could have done a better job.  As it were, on that afternoon, he veered off the slopes, hit a tree and died.  A bad week for skiing.  And a bad week for man who had had a pretty good life.


Desert Memorial Park – Cathedral City, CA

Specific Location

Section B-35, #294; At the north end (back) of the cemetery, on the southwest edge of a large niche garden.



Frank Sinatra

Posted in Desert Memorial Park with tags , , , on February 20, 2013 by Cade


December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998

“The Chairman of the Board.” “The Voice.”  “Old Blue Eyes.” Francis Albert Sinatra had a lot of names.  But, mostly, everyone just called him “Frank.”

Hoboken, New Jersey’s favorite son was one of the largest entertainers in the world for decades.  His smooth and unmistakable baritone catapulted him into super-stardom and made him the idol of a generation. From his early days singing with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey to his unprecedented success as a solo artist, Sinatra wowed audiences and radio listeners with his rich voice and unique phrasing.

He was also a decent actor.  He resurrected his somewhat waning career by portraying Angelo Maggio in 1953’s  From Here to Eternity. The performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and opened the door for what would be a very productive second chance.  More movies and albums followed and Frank enjoyed the pinnacle of his career throughout the 1950’s and ’60’s.

Sinatra was the defacto leader of the Hollywood/Vegas boys club, “The Rat Pack” (though he preferred the term “The Summit”) a group of superstars including Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and actor Peter Lawford.  But, Sinatra was the brightest star. Even in that blinding constellation.

In his later career, Frank Sinatra continued to record. He continued to perform.  He never really slowed down until the very end.  On May 14th, 1998, Francis Albert Sinatra died following a heart attack in Los Angeles.  His last words were reportedly “I’m losing.”  He may have had his ups and downs in his life.  He may have been abusive.  He may have had ties to the mob.  He may have, at times, been a miserable son-of-a-bitch.  But he never lost.


Desert Memorial Park – Cathedral City, CA

sinatra - aug 18 2003

Specific Location

Section B-8, #151; South end of the park; 4 spaces from the road