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DO YOU REMEMBER: When Ol’ Blue Eyes came to Northwood

 Published on: 19th September 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This historical photo shows a visit to Northwood from one of the most famous singers of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra.

In 1962, the same year the classic crooner recorded his popular album Sinatra and Strings, he also came over to this part of London, paying a special visit to the Sunshine Home for Blind Children.

In this image, Sinatra, famously nicknamed “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, is holding a young blind Jamaican girl named Benita. The centre had previously seen visits from other famous faces, such as classic Hollywood film star Marlene Dietrich.

To this day, Sinatra remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records during his career and beyond, as well as winning several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985.

The Sunshine Home was later renamed Sunshine House, moving to the Eden Academy in Pinner in 2021.

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