We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Frank Sinatra, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more interesting facts about ol’ blue eyes that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you learn!
Number Eight: He Briefly Retired. In 1971, Sinatra decided to retire after the failure of his 1970 album Watertown. His retirement lasted less than two years before he came back and made one of the best musical comebacks in history.
Number Seven: There Is an Asteroid Named After Him. The asteroid was discovered in September of 1989 by E.W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory, and it is named 7934 Sinatra.
Number Six: He Holds a Record With His Daughter. Sinatra and daughter Nancy Sinatra’s single, “Something Stupid,” is the only father-daughter duet to ever hit the number one Billboard spot.
Number Five: He Was an Honorary Tribal Chief. In Bophuthatswana, which is sort of a nation state in South Africa, Sinatra was named the “Order of the Leopard,” which is allegedly the highest honor in the tribe. He was honored in this way as a form of gratitude from the president, Lucas Mangope. Mangope wanted to thank Sinatra for performing at the Sun City Casino.
Number Four: He Performed in Front of the Pyramids. In 1979, Sinatra performed by then-president of Egypt Anwar Sadat. The performance took place in front of the actual pyramids.
Number Three: He Loves the Beatles. Though Sinatra is well-known for his love songs, his favorite love song is actually by The Beatles. The song he loves most is “Something.” The song was written by George Harrison, and it was sampled in Sinatra’s live performances toward the end of his career.
Number Two: The Last Song He Ever Performed Live Was…. Quite fittingly, the last song Sinatra ever performed live was “The Best Is Yet to Come.” He performed the song in 1995 in front of 1200 people.
Number One: His Last Words. Sinatra also has some fitting words engraved on his tombstone. Like his very last performance, the words “The Best is Yet to Come” can be seen on Sinatra’s tombstone.