“This is a story of a man who came from humble, tough circumstances and who tried to make something of himself doing the best he could with what he had. He didn’t pick the easiest way or the most obvious way too often. He did things the Tony way, which was off the wall and pure genius at the same time. This is a guy who once told me he figured out early on, ‘The right way is the wrong way for me.’
“Yes, this book is about Sinatra and Gotti, but what might have brought you to page one isn’t what makes this story impossible to put down. This is an American story, and a great story at that.”
—Pat Cooper, Comedian
Jilly’s was one of the most popular, famous, as well as notorious nightclubs in New York City during the 1960s, and then again in the late 1970s when it was revived by Tony Delvecchio and Tony Fusco, and hosted by its namesake, Jilly Rizzo, the best friend of Frank Sinatra.
The renovated Jilly’s once again became the hotspot for A-List celebrities, gangsters, regulars, and wannabes. From John Gotti to Sinatra himself, Jilly’s was the place to be — and proprietor Tony Delvecchio ran it day and night with the able service of the fabulous Jilly Girls, plus a few bartenders provided by Mr. Gotti, before his days as the “Teflon Don.”
Sinatra, Gotti and Me is a lost piece of American pop culture, a missing first-hand glimpse into the lives of the Rat Pack and a long illustrious list of American entertainment, political, sports, and organized crime icons.
This is Tony Delvecchio’s eye-witness story, unflinchingly told in his own words to author Rich Herschlag.