Early celebrations underway for Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday

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Sandy Kenyon has the story. (WABC)

2015 is going to be a very good year for Frank Sinatra fans.

Old Blue Eyes would have turned 100 in December, and there are already big celebrations underway across the area.

His voice is so distinctive, his legacy so lasting, is it any wonder that Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday is being celebrated for the better part of a year?

"He was a pioneer in pop music and the whole world loved him," artist Peter Max said.

Max first heard Sinatra's voice as a boy growing up in China and later met him at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"He was a huge Peter Max fan," he said. "He told me he had like 30 something paintings by Peter Max, and I was a huge Sinatra fan. I used to have his albums and everything. I was like made in heaven."

A reception last week at Max's studio brought two icons on the 1960s together when he welcomed Sinatra's daughter Nancy Sinatra and her daughter to a show of his works featuring Frank Sinatra at Morrison Hotel Gallery downtown.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, within Lincoln Center, has a free exhibit that is open to the public until September that features memorabilia lent by the Sinatra family and a special jukebox that doesn't require coins.

Sinatra's ties to this area are evident, even his arrest as a young man is noted along with the charge of seduction of a married woman.

These mementos give a sense of the man behind the music.
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