This is Frank Sinatra's first appearance on the Tonight Show. There is no comedy segment. Instead, Sinatra performs "I Write the Songs" (with the title changed to "I Sing the Songs", and some other lyric changes). During his interview he talks about how well things are going in his life, including his recent marriage, and about resuming his singing career after a two-year semi-retirement. He tells how he got Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis talking after a 20-year separation, at Lewis' recent telethon, and talks about taping an upcoming special tribute to John Wayne. Asked what romantic music he prefers, he mentions the classical pieces "Daphnis and Chloe" and Debussy's "Sunken Cathedral". When asked the high points of his career, he lists the Academy Award for "From Here to Eternity", his role in "The Man with the Golden Arm", and performing in small clubs where he is close to the audience. Don Rickles then walks on, tells various jokes about Sinatra and Johnny, and recalls how he first ...
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This is kind of a nice evening to curl up in front of a nice, warm fire. What do you say we start by burning the monologue?
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Written by Paul Anka
and Johnny Carson
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