Teen Keeps Sinatra Legacy Alive

Singer Frank Sinatra would have turned 90 years old this coming Monday. The chairman of the board died in 1998 but he lives on in the voice and awe of a remarkable artist who's still a teenager, reports CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason.

It's been said that the ghosts of the greats attend the recording sessions here at legendary Capitol Records.

This week, it was Frank Sinatra's turn to listen in.

Eighteen-year-old Erin Boheme, an up-and-coming singer with a new recording contract, is a student of all things Sinatra. Her fascination with Ol' Blue Eyes began years ago with her father.

"I just remember very vividly driving in his car in Wisconsin, summer day, and I just heard 'de de d,' you know, the beginning of 'Fly Me to the Moon,'" Erin recalls. "And I was like 'play that again.'"

She's turned her passion into a song called "One Night With Frank." Nineteen of his song titles are incorporated into her lyrics. The Sinatra family was thrilled when relatives heard Erin's recording.

"It's amazing to see younger people, you know, taking up the torch and it gives me a really nice feeling and i know that it would give my grandfather a really nice feeling, too," says AJ Azzarto, Sinatra's granddaughter.

Sinatra's former musicians are impressed with Erin, too. They recently joined her at Capitol Records for a session in studio A – the same studio where Frank recorded.

"He was a storyteller. He was going to reach you emotionally," says Patrick Williams, Sinatra's conductor. "And that's what she's got, to me. She is telling you something that she feels."

These days, Erin feels pretty good, recording her first album, surrounded by her idol's colleagues whom she grills for Sinatra stories.

"I am not going to tell her everything," Williams laughs. "She's too young."

She may never have met Ol' Blue Eyes, but now, in a way, Erin Boheme has her own Sinatra story.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com