Frank Sinatra was born in 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey which is acknowledged to be the birthplace of Baseball. Born to Italian immigrants the singer had a difficult early life, as he was constantly getting into fights and trouble with the law.
|Fly Me To The Moon||Down With Love: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture||2008|
|Luck Be A Lady||Nothing But The Best: The Frank Sinatra Collection||2008|
|Young At Heart||The Capitol Years||1990|
|Once Upon A Time||September Of My Years||2010|
|The Best Is Yet To Come||Nothing But The Best: The Frank Sinatra Collection||2008|
|Strangers In The Night||Sing Frank Sinatra, Vol.2||2002|
|Besame Mucho||Frank Sinatra Sings Your Hit Parade - Vol. 1||1998|
|L.A. Is My Lady||Live At The Meadowlands||2009|
|This Town||Ocean's Thirteen: Music From The Motion Picture||2010|
|Little Drummer Boy||White Christmas||2010|
|Let It Snow||The Radio Years: 1939-1955||1995|
|Let Me Try Again||Sinatra: New York||2009|
|Bang Bang||She Shot Me Down||2010|
|Autumn Leaves||Frank & Marilyn: 22 Evergreens From Frank Sinatra & Marilyn Monroe||2009|
|I Love You||Sinatra Sings Cole Porter||2003|
|Tangerine||Sinatra And Swingin' Brass||2009|
|The Girl From Ipanema||Nothing But The Best: The Frank Sinatra Collection||2008|
|Karaoke: That's Life (Minus Track Without Backgrounds)||Sing Baritone v.14||2008|
|Yes Sir, That's My Baby||Strangers In The Night||2010|
|For Once In My Life||Live At The Meadowlands||2009|
|Get Happy||Songs For Young Lovers/Swing Easy!||1998|
|Jeepers Creepers||Songs For Young Lovers/Swing Easy!||1998|
|Songs By Sinatra||Radio Days Volume 3||2010|
|What'll I Do||Falling In Love With You||2010|
|Bewitched||The Rat Pack||2001|
|The Impossible Dream [The Quest] [The Frank Sinatra Collection]||That's Life||2009|
|It Had To Be You||A Voice In Time (1939-1952)||2007|
|Love Me Tender||Trilogy: Past, Present & Future||2009|
|Call Me||Strangers In The Night||2010|
|Wave||Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings||2010|
|I've Got The World On A String||The Capitol Years||1990|
|Let's Fall In Love||Got The World On A String||2002|
|Silent Night||A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra||2007|
|Medley||Young Blue Eyes: Birth Of The Crooner||2008|
|Ring-A-Ding Ding||Ring-A-Ding Ding!||2011|
|The First Noel||Christmas With The Rat Pack||2006|
|Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree [The Frank Sinatra Collection]||Some Nice Things I've Missed||2009|
|Embraceable You||I've Got A Crush On You||1995|
|I Have Dreamed||Sinatra: New York||2009|
|You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You||A1 Record Shop - Popular Songs Volume Three||2007|
|My Way [The Frank Sinatra Collection]||My Way||2009|
|Lady Is A Tramp||Sing Duet v.7||2008|
|Laura||A Voice In Time||2007|
|Imagination||A Voice In Time||2007|
|My Baby Just Cares For Me||Strangers In The Night||2010|
|Again||A Voice In Time (1939-1952)||2007|
|So In Love||Sinatra Sings Cole Porter||2003|
|The Birth Of The Blues||Pop Music: The Golden Era, 1951-1975||1999|
|Me And My Shadow||The Rat Pack||2001|
|Rain In My Heart||Cycles||2009|
Frank Sinatra: Chairman of the Board
“Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy” – Frank Sinatra
‘Ol Blue Eyes!
Nobody messes with Frank Sinatra, the look of the devil in a suit, that operatic voice with an evil smile and of courses the swagger and the bad attitude! Frank Sinatra is more than a legend, he is an institution, he is the boss of all bosses, he is the trouble shooter and the trouble maker, Frank’s voice plays over his music, he owns the audiences in his hands and he is America’s answer to the World and the British invasion; pop music creator, Hollywood’s leading man, a ladies man, the painter and the poet, the scarred soul, the 18-karat manic depressive, the Don of Las Vegas and the King of New York City – (“much more than this I did it my way”)
The Singer from Elysian Fields
Frank Sinatra was born in 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey which is acknowledged to be the birthplace of Baseball. Born to Italian immigrants the singer had a difficult early life, as he was constantly getting into fights and trouble with the law. His first big break came when in 1939 after listening to many demos legendary band leader Tommy Dorsey asked him to join his band. The band toured America and Sinatra got early recognition as a performer with star power. By 1943, Sinatra had gone solo and was making performing on stage to rioting fans.
From 1945 – 1949 Sinatra recorded and performed all over America and “Sinatra mania” was starting! In 1953 he won an academy award for his movie “From Here to Eternity” and he never looked back. After signing with Capitol records Sinatra released some of his best and most commercially successful albums ever. From 53-57 he recorded emotional ballads and hip swing music which were chartbusters. His song “I’ve got you under my skin” became one of his biggest hits. His next album “Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely” stayed on the charts for an unprecedented 120 weeks.
The Rat Pack!
In 1960 Frank Sinatra started his own record label Reprise records which prompted his title Chairman of the Board. His TV show even had Elvis as guest which was an iconic show. Frank Sinatra then made the original “Oceans 11” with his friends popularly knows as the Rat Pack. (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.) Their notoriety of womanizing and heavy drinking has been well documented. Sinatra also played a Martin Luther King benefit at the legendary Carnegie Hall. Sinatra became an unlikely hero of the early 60s African American equality.
Along with legendary jazz pianist Count Basie he recorded Sinatra-Basie, an iconic album with the jazz and melodic sounds gave Frank Sinatra one of his big albums. The song “I won’t dance” is one of his most memorable recordings. In 1966 Sinatra recorded his first album from his residency performance at the Las Vegas Sands called “Sinatra at the Sands” was a massive success.
”A Man and His Music” gave Sinatra a Grammy Album of the Year! Throughout the 60’s Frank recorded hit selling singles like “Strangers in the Night” another Grammy winning song; TV specials and stage shows were phenomenal success.
In 1970, pop singer Paul Anka wrote “My Way” for Frank Sinatra. Based on a French Pop song, Anka completely changed the melodic structure and the words. Frank recorded it in the summer of 1970. The opening lines “And now that the end is near” has Frank written all over it. The somber beginning leading to the defiance crescendo of “I did it my way!” is a man showing his wounds, his soul and yet his self belief and strength. It shows the two sides of the legend.
The 70s touring
A 55 year old Sinatra performed a benefit concert and then bid farewell. In ’73 his “Ol’ Blue Eyes is Back” was a hit and the “Send in the Clowns” was a dramatically intense song. By ’74 he was back at Las Vegas performing at Caesars Palace. An international tour of Europe and Australia followed. Sinatra performed in front of the Egyptian pyramids for a concert for the President Anwar Sadat.
The King of New York
In 1980 Frank Sinatra recorded a highly ambitious triple album “Trilogy: Past Present Future” which produced his classic “Theme from New York”. He even recorded “Something” the George Harrison love song which Sinatra has often acknowledged as his favorite.
The 90s Sinatra
Celebrating is 75th birthday he went on a nation wide tour. And also played at the Meadowlands Arena in his home town at New Jersey. In ’93 he recorded a successful “Duets “performing some of all-time classics with an array of superstars from Tony Bennet to Bono.
He won the Lifetime Achievement Award at ’94 Grammy with an introduction from Bono and a standing ovation which Sinatra himself acknowledged “the best welcome .. I ever had”
Frank Sinatra died in 1997 in LA with his wife Barbara by his side. And the next few days everyone from President Clinton to Elton John paid tribute to the glittering career of Frank Sinatra. He is arguably the greatest artist of the 20th century.
The character Johnny Fontane in the book Godfather by Mario Puzo was based on Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra’s son Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped and the ransom paid was $240,000
Frank had very close relationship with US President Ronald Reagan and was frequent guest at the White House. He was also awarded the President’s Medal of Freedom.