[541] In the 1948 presidential election, Sinatra actively campaigned for President Harry S. Frank Sinatra was an American singer, songwriter, actor, director, and producer. [378] He had a cameo role along with Duke Ellington and Count Basie in Charles Barton's Reveille with Beverly (1943), making a brief appearance singing "Night and Day". 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[599] A 1998 episode of the BBC documentary series Arena, The Voice of the Century, focused on Sinatra. ", For an extended list of albums, compilations, and charting singles, see, Hoboken Four, Harry James, and Tommy Dorsey (1935–1939), Onset of Sinatramania and role in World War II (1942–1945), Columbia years and career slump (1946–1952), Career revival and the Capitol years (1953–1962), Debut, musical films, and career slump (1941–1952), Alleged organized-crime links and Cal Neva Lodge. The spotlight went dark and he left the stage. The jealousy exhibited by the group members often led to brawls in which they would beat up the small, skinny young Sinatra. His pianist and close friend Hank Sanicola persuaded him to stay with the group,[62] but in November 1939 he left James to replace Jack Leonard[k] as the lead singer of the Tommy Dorsey band. His father was a fire-fighter for the city of Hoboken and his mother was an amateur singer who often sang at social events. In 1993, at the age of 77, he gained legions of new, younger fans with the release of Duets, a collection of 13 Sinatra standards that he rerecorded, featuring the likes of Barbra Streisand, Bono, Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin. MCA agreed that until 1948 it would split its commissions on Sinatra with GAC, the agency that Frank had signed with when he left the Dorsey band. https://www.biography.com/musician/frank-sinatra. [328] Two years later, Sinatra reunited with Martin and Davis and went on the Rat Pack Reunion Tour, during which they played many large arenas. [48] Sinatra quickly became the group's lead singer, and, much to the jealousy of his fellow group members, garnered most of the attention from girls. [52] Despite the low salary, Sinatra felt that this was the break he was looking for, and boasted to friends that he was going to "become so big that no one could ever touch him". Nancy Sinatra is an American singer best known as the daughter of Frank Sinatra and for her 1966 hit single "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'.". [584][585] Near the Las Vegas Strip is a road named Frank Sinatra Drive in his honor. [105] Briefly, there were rumors reported by columnist Walter Winchell that Sinatra paid $40,000 to avoid the service, but the FBI found this to be without merit. For other uses of the name Sinatra, see, "They'd fought through his childhood and continued to do so until her dying day. Having regained stardom, Sinatra enjoyed continued success in both movies and music for years to come. [370] During his Columbia years Sinatra used an RCA 44 microphone, which Granata describes as "the 'old-fashioned' microphone which is closely associated with Sinatra's crooner image of the 1940s", though when performing on talk shows later he used a bullet-shaped RCA 77. [488], Sinatra was close friends with Jilly Rizzo,[489] songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen, golfer Ken Venturi, comedian Pat Henry and baseball manager Leo Durocher. He died on March 16, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. ", The incident started rumors of Sinatra's involvement with the, Sinatra was spotted in Havana in 1946 with mobster. [231][232] Sinatra increasingly became involved in charitable pursuits in this period. [517], Sinatra became the stereotype of the "tough working-class Italian American", something which he embraced. [259] "My Way", Sinatra's best-known song on the Reprise label, was not an instant success, charting at #27 in the US and #5 in the UK,[260] but it remained in the UK charts for 122 weeks, including 75 non-consecutive weeks in the Top 40, between April 1969 and September 1971, which was still a record in 2015. [514], Sinatra was also known for his generosity,[515] particularly after his comeback. He points everything he does from a sexual standpoint". If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us! [371] At Capitol he used a Neumann U47, an "ultra-sensitive" microphone which better captured the timbre and tone of his voice. His personal favorite was Ralph Vaughan Williams. Sinatra was also heavily involved with politics from the mid-1940s, and actively campaigned for presidents such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. [322] According to Kelley, the family detested her and the book, which took its toll on Sinatra's health. "[89] Sinatra performed for four weeks at the theatre, his act following the Benny Goodman orchestra, after which his contract was renewed for another four weeks by Bob Weitman due to his popularity. Using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, he toured both within the United States and internationally until shortly before his death in 1998. Sinatra fired off an angry letter in response calling Royko a "pimp", and threatening to "punch you in the mouth" for speculating that he wore a toupée. [529] Sinatra denied Mafia involvement: "Any report that I fraternized with goons or racketeers is a vicious lie". The album, entitled Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back,[266] arranged by Gordon Jenkins and Don Costa,[278] was a success, reaching number 13 on Billboard and number 12 in the UK. That's all. [337] The following year, Sinatra sang for the last time on February 25, 1995, before a live audience of 1200 select guests at the Palm Desert Marriott Ballroom, on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament. [26], Sinatra's illiterate father was a bantamweight boxer who fought under the name Marty O'Brien. Thought to … [164] The session produced four recordings, including "I'm Walking Behind You",[165] Sinatra's first Capitol single. [359], Arrangers such as Nelson Riddle and Anthony Fanzo found Sinatra to be a perfectionist who constantly drove himself and others around him, stating that his collaborators approached him with a sense of uneasiness because of his unpredictable and often volatile temperament. Sinatra was investigated by the FBI for his alleged relationship with the Mafia. This period also marked his Las Vegas debut, where he continued on for years as the main attraction at Caesars Palace. (1956), Come Fly with Me (1958), Only the Lonely (1958) and Nice 'n' Easy (1960). The film remains rated very highly by critics, and in 2006 it ranked No. [224] Sinatra and Count Basie collaborated for the album Sinatra-Basie the same year,[225] a popular and successful release which prompted them to rejoin two years later for the follow-up It Might as Well Be Swing, arranged by Quincy Jones. What it Seemed to Be", "Day by Day", "They Say It's Wonderful", "Five Minutes More", and "The Coffee Song" as singles,[115] and launched his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra,[116] which reached No. [423] For his performance in Come Blow Your Horn (also 1963) adapted from the Neil Simon play, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor â€“ Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. [215] His first attempt at owning his own label was with his pursuit of buying declining jazz label, Verve Records, which ended once an initial agreement with Verve founder, Norman Granz, "failed to materialize. A perfectionist, renowned for his dress sense and performing presence, he always insisted on recording live with his band. [266] He left Caesars Palace in September that year after an incident where executive Sanford Waterman pulled a gun on him. [191], In 1963, Sinatra reunited with Nelson Riddle for The Concert Sinatra, an ambitious album featuring a 73-piece symphony orchestra arranged and conducted by Riddle. [464][465], Sinatra had met Barbato in Long Branch, New Jersey in the late 1930s, where he spent most of the summer working as a lifeguard. [46] With Sinatra, the group became known as the Hoboken Four, and passed an audition from Edward Bowes to appear on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show. [146][r], Sinatra's decline in popularity was evident at his concert appearances. He was the only child of Martin and Natalie "Dolly" Sinatra. [169] Sinatra's first album for Capitol, Songs for Young Lovers, was released on January 4, 1954, and included "A Foggy Day", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "My Funny Valentine", "Violets for Your Furs" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me",[171] songs which became staples of his later concerts. [73] His fourth chart appearance was "I'll Never Smile Again", topping the charts for twelve weeks beginning in mid-July. [536], Sinatra held differing political views throughout his life. Rojek notes that the Rat Pack "provided an outlet for gregarious banter and wisecracks", but argues that it was Sinatra's vehicle, possessing an "unassailable command over the other performers". [449], In October 1951, the second season of The Frank Sinatra Show began on CBS Television. [38] To please his mother, he enrolled at Drake Business School, but departed after 11 months. [453] Though an initial critical success upon its debut on October 18, 1957, it soon attracted negative reviews from Variety and The New Republic, and The Chicago Sun-Times thought that Sinatra and frequent guest Dean Martin "performed like a pair of adult delinquents", "sharing the same cigarette and leering at girls". [138] A workaholic, he reportedly only slept four hours a night on average. After releasing Sinatra at the Sands, recorded at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Vegas with frequent collaborator Count Basie in early 1966, the following year he recorded one of his most famous collaborations with Tom Jobim, the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. You've been laying down for two dollars all your life". [387] He teamed up with Kelly for a third time in On the Town (also 1949), playing a sailor on leave in New York City. [396] After several years of critical and commercial decline, his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor win helped him regain his position as the top recording artist in the world. [67] Dorsey recalled: "You could almost feel the excitement coming up out of the crowds when the kid stood up to sing. "[321], Santopietro notes that Sinatra was a "lifelong sympathizer with Jewish causes". [265] However, it sold a mere 30,000 copies that year and reached a peak chart position of 101. At the time, President Kennedy's brother, Attorney General, When Sinatra learned that Kennedy's killer, Sinatra The Chairman James Kaplan pages 845-46, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. [347] He could follow a lead sheet during a performance by "carefully following the patterns and groupings of notes arranged on the page" and made his own notations to the music, using his ear to detect semitonal differences. Although this was his first non-singing role, Sinatra quickly found a new vocal outlet when he received a recording contract with Capitol Records in the same year. [283] He began what Barbara Sinatra describes as a "massive comeback tour of the United States, Europe, the Far East and Australia". [580][587] The United States Congress passed a resolution introduced by Representative Mary Bono Mack on May 20, 2008, designating May 13 as Frank Sinatra Day to honor his contributions to American culture. Shot in January 1987, the episode aired on CBS on February 25. Sinatra had previously been highly critical of Elvis Presley and rock and roll in the 1950s, describing it as a "deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac" which "fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. 1", "Sheeran hit first to remain a year in UK chart", "Caesars Palace Boss Arrested for Pulling Gun on Sinatra", "No Charges Will be Filed in Sinatra Gun Incident", "Jerry Lewis telethon ends decades-long run, fundraising awareness for Muscular Dystrophy Association", "Trilogy: Past, Present & Future â€“ Awards", "AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time", "Back on the High Road With a Busy Minstrel", "Frank Sinatra at the Golden Globe Awards", "The Screen in Review; Doris Day and Sinatra Star at Paramount", "New York Magazine â€“ Television Highlights", Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest Movies", "Sight & Sound â€“ Critics' Top 250 Films", "Nancy Barbato Sinatra, an Idol's First Wife and Lasting Confidante, Dies at 101", "Mia Farrow: Woody Allen's son Ronan may be Frank Sinatra's", "Mia Farrow and Eight of Her Children Speak Out on Their Lives, Frank Sinatra, and the Scandals They've Endured", "Nancy Sinatra Opens Up About Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow & Son Ronan", "Frank Sinatra's February 1963 Playboy Magazine Interview", "Sinatra, Press Agent Trade Blows, Few of Which Connect", Appraisal: 1976 Frank Sinatra Signed Letter to Mike Royko, "Frank Sinatra's Lake Tahoe casino shuts down", "Sixties Considered Decade of Stress in Movie World", "What's the connection between John F. 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[193] Riddle said that Sinatra took "particular delight" in singing "The Lady is a Tramp", commenting that he "always sang that song with a certain amount of salaciousness", making "cue tricks" with the lyrics. [542] In 1952 and 1956, he also campaigned for Adlai Stevenson. [x] He performed several charity concerts with Count Basie at the Royal Festival Hall in London. He highlighted the "close, warm and sharp" feel of Sinatra's voice, particularly on the songs "September in the Rain", "I Concentrate on You", and "My Blue Heaven". Granata considers the album to have been "impeachable" [sic], "one of the very best of the Sinatra-Riddle ballad albums", in which Sinatra displayed an impressive vocal range, particularly in "Ol' Man River", in which he darkened the hue. [369] Recording sessions would typically last three hours, though Sinatra would always prepare for them by spending at least an hour by the piano beforehand to vocalize, followed by a short rehearsal with the orchestra to ensure the balance of sound. [151] At a concert at Chez Paree in Chicago, only 150 people in a 1,200-seat capacity venue turned up to see him. [304] On March 14, he recorded with Nelson Riddle for the last time, recording the songs "Linda", "Sweet Loraine", and "Barbara". [368] Author Granata considered Sinatra a "master of the art of recording", noting that his work in the studio "set him apart from other gifted vocalists". of the 20th century's 100 most influential people. His father, Antonino/Anthony Martino/Martin Sinatra, was born, c. 1892, in Lercara Friddi, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. [160] Tom Santopietro notes that Sinatra began to bury himself in his work, with an "unparalleled frenetic schedule of recordings, movies and concerts",[161] in what authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan describe as "a new and brilliant phase". Hulton Archive/Getty Images At the time of his birth, Francis Albert Sinatra was almost ruled dead on arrival. [159] Journalist Burt Boyar observed, "Sinatra had had it. He was 82 years old and had, at last, faced his final curtain. [320] Though he did much towards civil rights causes, it did not stop the occasional racial jibe from him and the other Rat Pack members toward Davis at concerts. He was later hired by the FBI as an expert on forgery and document theft, becoming the subject of the film 'Catch Me If You Can.'. [565] For Santopietro, Sinatra was the "greatest male pop singer in the history of America",[574] who amassed "unprecedented power onscreen and off", and "seemed to exemplify the common man, an ethnic twentieth-century American male who reached the 'top of the heap', yet never forgot his roots". Sinatra later remarked that he had always considered his performance in, Sinatra had stormed off the set when he learned that the film was to be shot in both Cinemascope and a new 55-millimeter process. He left behind a massive catalog of work that includes iconic tunes like "Love and Marriage," "Strangers in the Night," "My Way" and "New York, New York." [51] The roadhouse was connected to the WNEW radio station in New York City, and he began performing with a group live during the Dance Parade show. [239] One of the album's singles, "It Was a Very Good Year", won the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male. "[569] The night after Sinatra's death, the lights on the Empire State Building in New York City were turned blue, the lights at the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honor, and the casinos stopped spinning for one minute. [305] That year, as part of the Concert of the Americas, he performed in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which broke records for the "largest live paid audience ever recorded for a solo performer". Barbara would be the grieving widow alone at her husband's side. [459] When Sinatra came out of retirement in 1973, he released both an album and appeared in a TV special named Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back. On May 14, 1998, Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. [288] In October 1974 he appeared at New York City's Madison Square Garden in a televised concert that was later released as an album under the title The Main Event â€“ Live. and Harold Arlen's and Jerome Kern's "All The Things You Are". Visit the Almanac HQ Webcam. [437][438] The following year, Sinatra received a Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award[398] and had intended to play Detective Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971), but had to turn the role down due to developing Dupuytren's contracture in his hand. [87] His appeal to bobby soxers, as teenage girls of that time were called, revealed a whole new audience for popular music, which had been recorded mainly for adults up to that time. Frank Sinatra Is Born 1915. [53] In March 1939, saxophone player Frank Mane, who knew Sinatra from Jersey City radio station WAAT where both performed on live broadcasts, arranged for him to audition and record "Our Love", his first solo studio recording. [126] By the end of 1948, Sinatra had slipped to fourth on DownBeat's annual poll of most popular singers (behind Billy Eckstine, Frankie Laine, and Bing Crosby). Back in the world of music, Sinatra had a big hit in 1966 with the Billboard No. [527] The FBI kept him under surveillance for almost five decades beginning in the 1940s. [388] Both Double Dynamite (1951), an RKO Irving Cummings comedy produced by Howard Hughes,[389] and Joseph Pevney's Meet Danny Wilson (1952) failed to make an impression. [23][d] She also had a gift for languages and served as a local interpreter. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. In 1961 and 1962 he went to Mexico, with the sole purpose of putting on performances for Mexican charities,[v] and in July 1964 he was present for the dedication of the Frank Sinatra International Youth Center for Arab and Jewish children in Nazareth. Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century, forging a career as an award-winning singer and film actor. If it was a mellow love song, he would ask for Gordon Jenkins. [179] Sinatra's second album with Riddle, Swing Easy!, which reflected his "love for the jazz idiom" according to Granata,[180] was released on August 2 of that year and included "Just One of Those Things", "Taking a Chance on Love", "Get Happy", and "All of Me". [an] Despite also having ties with the Mafia, Crosby was not willing to give as much public hints as Sinatra. [90] Sinatra's publicist, George Evans, encouraged interviews and photographs with fans, and was the man responsible for depicting Sinatra as a vulnerable, shy, Italian–American with a rough childhood who made good. Annie Oakley was a renowned markswoman and star who worked for years with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. He has earned numerous awards and recognitions. [338] Esquire reported of the show that Sinatra was "clear, tough, on the money" and "in absolute control". His friend, Jimmy Van Heusen, convinced him that the song would be a success. Kelley notes that when Lee J. Cobb nearly died from a heart attack in June 1955, Sinatra flooded him with "books, flowers, delicacies", paid his hospital bills, and visited him daily, telling him that his "finest acting" was yet to come. It helped keep him at the top of his game. In 2010, the well-received biography Frank: The Voice was published by Doubleday and penned by James Kaplan. [113], Despite being heavily involved in political activity in 1945 and 1946, in those two years Sinatra sang on 160 radio shows, recorded 36 times, and shot four films. [80][o] On September 3, 1942, Dorsey bade farewell to Sinatra, reportedly saying as Sinatra left, "I hope you fall on your ass",[79] but he was more gracious on the air when replacing Sinatra with singer Dick Haymes. By May 1941, Sinatra topped the male singer polls in Billboard and DownBeat magazines. [451] In 1953, Sinatra starred in the NBC radio program Rocky Fortune, portraying Rocco Fortunato (a.k.a. [352] Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey. ", "It was the war years, and there was a great loneliness," recalled Sinatra, who was unfit for military service due to a punctured eardrum. By the end of the decade, Sinatra had added another signature song to his repertory—"My Way," which was adapted from a French tune and featured new lyrics by Paul Anka. [602] Sinatra was also portrayed by Rico Simonini in the 2018 feature film Frank & Ava, which is based on a play by Willard Manus. While films appealed to him,[375] being exceptionally self-confident,[376] he was rarely enthusiastic about his own acting, once remarking that "pictures stink". [589] During his speech, Sinatra stated that his education had come from "the school of hard knocks" and was suitably touched by the award. 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