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Tony Mottola Dies

Tony Mottola, a guitarist who backed Frank Sinatra and was a longtime member of the Tonight Show Orchestra, died Mon., Aug. 11 at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville, N.J., of complications from double pneumonia and stroke. He was 86.

Born in Kearney, N.J. in 1918, Mottola started playing professionally at 18, touring with the George Hall Orchestra. By the end of the 1940s, the guitarist had recorded with Frank Sinatra, beginning a working relationship with the iconic crooner that would last, on and off, into the 1980s.

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