Frank Sinatra and the Hoodlum Priest

  title={Frank Sinatra and the Hoodlum Priest},
  author={Stephen A. Werner},
  journal={American Catholic Studies},
  pages={101 - 108}
  • S. Werner
  • Published 3 March 2017
  • History
  • American Catholic Studies
A little over fifty years ago a remarkable event linked Frank Sinatra to a fascinating Jesuit: Father Dismas Clark, The Hoodlum Priest. On Sunday evening June 20, 1965, Frank Sinatra gave a concert in St. Louis with his Rat Pack buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Also performing were Johnny Carson, Trini Lopez, and the Count Basie Orchestra, led by Quincy Jones. The show, called the Frank Sinatra Spectacular, had been organized by the local Teamsters Union President, Harold Gibbons, to…