An actual overheard story.
A table at the iconic Beverly Hills deli Nate ‘N Al’s.
Singer Jerry Vale is sitting at the table accompanied by two men whose primary activity is to keep Jerry Vale feeling good about himself. Also at the table is an invited lunch guest.
“Jerry, tell the ‘Sinatra story’,” encourages one of Vale’s buddies.
Vale begs off. He doesn’t want to tell the story.
His pals insist. Do it for the lunch guest.
“He’ll love it,” his buddy assures Jerry.
“Wait’ll you hear this!” crows the other pal to the intrigued invitee.
After considerable coaxing, Jerry Vale finally relents. He tells the “Sinatra story”.
“Frank Sinatra is performing in Carnegie Hall. He finishes a number. The audience is going wild. Out of the crowd, someone yells out, ‘You’re the greatest!’ And Sinatra, from the stage in Carnegie Hall replies, ‘Well, I’m no Jerry Vale. But I try.”
The story ends with a moment of respectful silence from the table. Then one pal says to the guest, and says, in reverent tones:
“Frank Sinatra said that.”
And the other chimes in,
“In Carnegie Hall!”