Frank Sinatra

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Singer and actor.

Born: December 12, 1915, Hoboken, New Jersey
Died: May 14, 1998, (place)
Gravesite: Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, Palm Springs, California

Frank Sinatra is, with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles, one of the top five American popular musicians of the 20th century.

Son of a quiet father and a talented, tempestuous mother, Sinatra rose to fame as a singer with Tommy Dorsey's band; later recorded as a solo artist.

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.

Probably ought to say something about The Rat Pack here, too.


Notable Songs

New York, New York
Day and Night
This lady is a tramp
Come rain or come shine
(a long list here)

Albums

Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music
Trilogy
Duets

Films

From Here to Eternity (Academy Award, best supporting actor)
The Manchurian Candidate
Ocean's Eleven
Pal Joey
Around the World in Eighty Days (uncredited cameo as piano player)
Von Ryan's Express
(many more)

See also: