Developing an affinity for Sinatra was a surprise to Sutton, who as a teenager was never charmed by the singer and well aware of his alleged dark side. There was a sense in my growing up that being a Frank Sinatra fan had a flavor of misogyny, she recalls, on the phone from her home in Los Angeles. You know, a Rat Pack male machismo kind of thing, which didnt interest me much. But a little more than ten years ago she heard the heartfelt ballad records that Sinatra recorded in the late 1950s with arrangers Gordon Jenkins and Nelson Riddle. That was it, she says. My mind was blown and I just listened to them all the time. Thats the best ballad singing that anyones ever done.
Currently a self-described Sinatra fanatic, Sutton never did get to stare into Ol Blue Eyes eyes face to face, which seems unfortunate but is fine with her. Im perfectly happy to know him through his music, she says. I think human beings are so flawed, and I can enjoy the perfection of his ballad singing, which I think is supreme.