Singer Frank Sinatra came out of retirement to appear at a "Young Voters for the President" concert in Chicago on Friday night (20 October).
SV Sinatra singing at rally as Agnew makes hie way through the crowd (4 shots)
GV Agnew & wife towards stage
SV Osmond brothers shake hands with Agnew on stage
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Osmonds singing
GV Osmonds on stage
DANCY: They called it a Young Voters for the President concert, a name that was only partially descriptive as most of the audience was too young to drive. let alone vote. But it was a big enough event to draw Frank Sinatra out of retirement.
SINATRA: Mr Agnew...(cheering and music)
DANCY: The teenagers cheered the Vice-President and Sinatra, as they were supposed to, and they dutifully sat through a five-minute talk by the Vice-President. But they knew, and he know, that it was the Osmond Brothers they had come to see. (cheering and singing by Osmond Brothers).
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NOTE: The sound on film includes an excerpt of Frank Sinatra's singing and a portion of the Osmond Brothers' act. In addition, there is a commentary by NBC reporter John Dancy. A transcript appears below and an alternative commentary can be found over leaf.
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Background: Singer Frank Sinatra came out of retirement to appear at a "Young Voters for the President" concert in Chicago on Friday night (20 October). Vice-President Spiro Agnew was also there to appeal for the young votes in the upcoming U.S.Presidential election.
But the star attraction or much of the audience, the majority of which was too young to vote anyway, was the appearance of a pop group, The Osmond Brothers. After listening to the mellow voice of Sinatra and dutifully sitting through a brief speech by the Vice-President, the young crowd exploded in a cacophony of screams that nearly drowned out the music of the Osmonds.
Such adulation is commonplace for the young brothers, who have sold over 12-million records. Success like that may be a remembrance of things past for Sinatra, now retired. But for Vice-President Agnew, support in term of millions of voters, not records, is a requirement of the present.