Why Frank Sinatra Was Banned from Kennedy White House

The singer was reportedly having an affair with JFK's sister.

Frank Sinatra found himself banned from the Kennedy White House in the 1960s. (GAB Archive/Redferns)

A new book alleges that legendary singer Frank Sinatra fell out of favor with the Kennedy family because the Chairman was having an affair with the President’s sister.

The upcoming title, Handsome Johnny, is a biography of West Coast mobster Johnny Rosselli from author Lee Server. In the book, obtained by Town and Country, Server says the falling out between Sinatra and the Kennedys was initiated by a secretive recording between Rosselli’s associate, Sam Giancana, and Sinatra, who allegedly had long-standing mob ties.

Giancana and Sinatra’s call was bugged by the J. Edgar Hoover-run FBI, Server reveals, and part of it captured Sinatra’s intentions behind his affair with JFK’s sister, Pat Kennedy Lawford.

Sinatra vowed he would “sleep with this g-dd-mn b-tch until I get something going,” alluding to her potential influence over her powerful brothers.

After listening to the tape, Hoover played it back for Kennedy’s attorney general, his brother, Bobby, who took it immediately to the White House.

“And overnight you saw Sinatra out,” Server writes. “No more White House. No nothing. Shut him off.”

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