Remembering the late and great, manie (pronounced "manny") “sacks whom tragically passed on this day 60 years ago. “manie had an ear for music and knew how to pick material for singers. even more important was his talent for befriending people, his helpfulness and sympathetic understanding.
columnist earl wilson called him "the saint of show business." sacks' nephew, herman rush, wrote that manie gave encouragement and confidence to performers. manie helped frank sinatra get out of a restrictive contract with bandleader tommy dorsey in 1942. in return, frank started his solo career with sacks' record company. later, sacks stood by sinatra when the singer had family problems and, in 1950, sacks turned off the gas burners when frank attempted suicide. when sinatra married ava gardner, manie made all the arrangements, and the wedding was at the home of manie's brother in philadelphia. sinatra said: "there's a little bit of manie in everything good that has ever happened to me...whenever i was in trouble and needed help, i yelled for man. at columbia, sacks had participated in the advent of long-playing records; now at rca he was involved in the start of stereo. in october 1953 leopold stokowski made the first "binaural" recordings for rca, and by 1955 the company was producing stereo tapes and lps, leading the industry in that area.“ - steve cohen, totaltheatre.com