Born in Hoboken, New Jersey as the son of a quiet father and a talented, tempestuous mother, Sinatra decided to become a singer after hearing Bing Crosby on the radio. He began singing in small clubs in New Jersey and eventually attracted the attention of trumpeter and band-leader Harry James.
After a brief stint with James, he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra where he rose to fame as a singer. His vast appeal to the "bobbie soxers", as teenagers were called, revealed a whole new audience for popular music, which had generally appealed mainly to adults up to that time. He was the first teen idol.
He later recorded as a solo artist with some success, particularly during the musician's recording strikes. Vocalists were not part of the musician union and were allowed to record during the ban by using a capella vocal backing.
His career was in eclipse in the late 40s and early 50s when he made a spectacular comeback as a film actor in From Here to Eternity. He later appeared in many films, the most notable being The Man with the Golden Arm, and The Manchurian Candidate.
Sinatra debuted with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra on February 2, 1940.
He originally recorded for Columbia in the 1940s but switched to Capitol Records in the 1950s. By the 1960s he was a big enough star to start his own record label: Reprise Records.
In the 1950s and 60s, Sinatra was a popular attraction in Las Vegas. He was friends with many other entertainers, including Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. These three were the core of the Rat Pack, a loose group of entertainers who were friends and partied together.
His voice is instantly recognizable, and in its prime could evoke not only great strength and charisma, but nostalgia and tenderness as well. Sinatra had good taste in songs, and excellent taste in arrangers. He is particularly noted for his phrasing.
Sinatra died in 1998 and is buried in the Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, Palm Springs, California.
Frank Sinatra Facts
|Birth Name||Francis Albert Sinatra|
|Birthday||December 12, 1915|
|Birthplace||Hoboken, New Jersey, USA|
|Date of death||May 14, 1998 (age 82)|
|Height||5' 8½" (1m74) How tall is Frank Sinatra compared to you?|
|Awards||1973 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award|
|1971 Golden Globe Awards: Cecil B. DeMille Award|
|1958 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Pal Joey)|
|1954 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for From Here to Eternity)|
|1954 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for From Here to Eternity)|
|The Timex Shows Vol. 1|
|Frank Sinatra or America's Golden Age|
|All Or Nothing At All|
|Man With The Golden Arm|
|The Timex Shows Vol. 2|
|The Frank Sinatra Film Collection|
|Till The Clouds Roll By|
|Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection|
|Man With The Golden Arm, The|