A 1963 playboy interview with Frank Sinatra in which Frank a) comes out as an agnostic b) develops a nuanced, anguished liberal hawk position on nuclear disarmament c) espouses the mainstream developmental anti-communism popular in the era of The Ugly American and d) advocates recognition of Red China, detailing his own desire to participate as follows:
But I’d love to go and show them American music. I’d take Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald with me and we’d do what we do best. We’d wail up a storm with real American jazz so that their kids could see what kind of music our kids go for, because I’m sure that kids are the same all over the world. I’m betting that they’d dig us. And that’sgot to create some kind of good will, and man, a little good will is something we could use right now.
Corny, I know, but these days we've got Denis Rodman doing corny, in North Korea. And here's Frank being Frank about the Soviets:
Even Russian girls are getting hip; I’ve seen photos of them at Russian beach resorts, and it looks just like the Riviera. They’re thinning down, and I see they’re going the bikini route. When GUM department store in Moscow starts selling bikinis, we’ve got a fighting chance, because that means the girls are interested in being girls and the boys are going to stop thinking about communes and begin thinking connubially. I’ve always had a theory that whenever guys and gals start swinging, they begin to lose interest in conquering the world.
Anyway, here we see Frank in mid journey from Henry Wallace progressive to mainstream Kennedy Democrat. The Vietnam era culture war and the Republican Party await.