Francis Albert Sinatra sure packed an awful lot of living into his 83 years on this earth. During the course of his remarkable career Sinatra would evolve from the handsome young singing idol of swooning bobby-soxers in the1940's to an Academy Award winning actor and ultimately into superstardom on the glittering Las Vegas Strip. All the while Frank Sinatra was one of the most successful and prolific recording artists of the 20th Century. Throughout his 60 year career in show business Sinatra worked with just about every big name you can think of. He could sing, he could dance and he was a splendid actor to boot. There can be no doubt about it. Frank Sinatra was an American Master.
When you take a look at Frank Sinatra's long and prolific recording career the numbers are simply staggering. Frank had his first big hit as lead vocalist of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940 with "I'll Never Smile Again". Sinatra would go solo just a couple of years later. Over the next four decades Frank would amass an astonishing total of 145 hit singles including such memorable hits as "Witchcraft" , "Come Fly With Me", "Strangers In the Night" and of course his signature tune "My Way". But Sinatra's success was not merely limited to singles. Frank Sinatra also sold albums by the tens of millions as well. In fact, between 1955 and 1980 Ol' Blue Eyes released more than five dozen albums! So just how many records has Frank Sinatra sold? Current estimates are in the vicinity of 150 million units! Meanwhile Sinatra was also in demand as an actor. Over the years he appeared in an impressive total of 56 motion pictures including such silver screen classics as "The Manchurian Candidate", "High Society", "Carousel", "Guys and Dolls" and "From Here To Eternity" for which he snagged an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor in 1954. Quite surprisingly, Frank Sinatra was as much at ease in dramatic roles as he was in musicals.
During his long and distinguished show biz career Frank Sinatra was the recipient of numerous awards, citations and honors. He was also one of the most recognized people in the world. Frank Sinatra really did live life his way. He rubbed shoulders with Presidents of both political parties and reputedly had numerous contacts in the underworld. He married four times and was the father of three children. Throughout his life Sinatra had mood swings and fought bouts of depression. He attempted retirement on numerous occasions but found that his missed performing too much.
Ol' Blue Eyes passed away in 1998 of an apparent heart attack at the age of 83. And what of his legacy? Writing in the "Rolling Stone Record Guide" Steven Holden put it this way: "Frank Sinatra's voice is pop music history. Like Presley and Dylan — the only other white male American singers since 1940 whose popularity, influence, and mythic force have been comparable — Sinatra will last indefinitely. He virtually invented modern pop song phrasing." I would certainly concur. Very highly recommended!
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Michael has written a great review about Frank Sinatra's album "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" which prompted me to mention a few reasons why "the chairman of the Board" will never get fired as long as I am around!!! I am a huge Sinatra fan!!! I am listening to him at least once a week. "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" is a great album. Nelson Riddle really knew how to get the best out of his crooners. I loved what he did with Linda Ronstadt … more
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Born: Dec. 12, 1915, in Hoboken, N.J. He wasn't breathing when born. Grandmother held him underwater until he gasped. Was the son of a firefighter. Died: May 14, 1998, at 10:50 p.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; died of heart attack. Full name: Francis Albert Sinatra. Wives: Last wife was Barbara Marx; formerly married to childhood sweetheart Nancy Barbato, actresses Ava Gardner & Mia Farrow. Children: Frank Jr. and Nancy Sinatra, who sang hit 1970s song "These Boots Were Made for Walking." Names: Also known as Chairman of the Board, Ol' Blue Eyes and The Voice. Other names included Lean Lark, Croon Prince of Swing, Moonlight Sinatra, Groovey Galahad, and Svengali of Swing.
Born December 12, 1915 an only child whose parents dreamed of his studying to be a Civil Engineer.
Attended Demarest High School (Hoboken, NJ) and participated in all sports.
Sinatra's favorite passion is prizefighting. Was a "close friend" of Tami Mauriello, a heavyweight contender in 1943.
Worked for the circulation manager of the Jersey Observer newspaper. He first started out riding news trucks, and later was promoted to copy boy.
He wanted to be a reporter. When told by the editor that copy boys "don't know enough to be reporters," Frank went to a secretarial school and enrolled in a Journalism class, studying English, typing, and shorthand. Finally, the editor relented and made Frank a ...