Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

This is Biography Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on 12 December 1915, and lived a harsh and humble childhood: his mother Dolly, of Ligurian origin (Tasso in the town of Lumarzo), was a midwife and his father Martin, an amateur boxer of Sicilian origin (Palermo) Italy , was a fireman.

As a young boy, Frank is forced by economic necessity to do the most menial jobs. Brought up on the streets and not in school, he first worked as a longshoreman and then as a painter and crier. At the age of sixteen, he has his own band, Turk,Frank Sinatra went down in history as ‘The Voice’ for his unmistakable vocal charisma.

During his career, he recorded more than two thousand two hundred songs for a total of 166 albums, dedicating himself, with good luck, to the big screen, and aspects of his private life can be seen in his many successful films. A famous Latin lover, he married four times: the first when he was twenty-four, with Nancy Barbato, from 1939 to 1950, with whom he had three children: Nancy, Frank Jr. and Christina who, at the time of their separation, were respectively eleven, seven and three years old.

Then, from 1951 to 1957, Sinatra has an intense love affair with Ava Gardner, who fills the pink chronicles of the newspapers of the time to the sound of criticized confetti (he leaves his family for her), of beatings and quarrels.For only two years, from 1966 to 1968, he is united in marriage with the actress Mia Farrow and from 1976 until his death he remains at the side of his last wife, Barbara Marx.

Always close to human rights causes, in the early 1950s he sided with his inseparable friend Sammy Davies Jr. in favour of the blacks, and until the very end did not shy away from making noble charitable gestures in favour of children and the underprivileged classes, his star knew no shadows.

It was only between 1947 and the early 1950s that he went through a brief professional crisis due to an illness affecting his vocal cords. The moment of tarnish was brilliantly overcome thanks to Fred Zinnemann’s film ‘From here to eternity’, in which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Among the many accusations made against the most famous performer of the century, as he is considered by many to be, was that he had ties to the Mafia. Especially with the gangster Sam Giancana, owner of a casino in Las Vegas.

The song that perhaps represents him most in the world is the famous ‘My Way’, taken up by many artists and revisited in many versions.

Among the latest tributes that America has paid to this great showman, there is a special gift for his eightieth birthday in 1996: for his blue eyes, the Empire State Building lit up blue for one night, amidst glasses of champagne and the inevitable celebrations to which The Voice is accustomed. The tribute was repeated on the occasion of his death on 14 May 1998.

Discography

1946 – The Voice of Frank Sinatra

1946 – Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder

1947 – Songs by Sinatra

1948 – Christmas Songs by Sinatra

1949 – Frankly Sentimental

1950 – Dedicated to You

1950 – Swing and Dance with Frank Sinatra

1954 – Songs for Young Lovers

1954 – Swing Easy!

1955 – In the Wee Small Hours

1956 – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!

1957 – Close to You

1957 – A Swingin’ Affair!

1957 – Where Are You?

1957 – A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

1958 – Come Fly with Me

1958 – Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely

1959 – Come Dance with Me!

1959 – No One Cares

1960 – Nice ‘n’ Easy

1961 – Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!!

1961 – Come Swing with Me!

1961 – Ring-a-Ding-Ding!

1961 – Swing Along With Me

1962 – Sinatra and Strings

1962 – Point of No Return

1962 – Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass

1962 – All Alone

1962 – Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain

1962 – Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First

1963 – The Concert Sinatra

1963 – Sinatra’s Sinatra

1964 – Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners

1964 – America, I Hear You Singing

1964 – It Might as Well Be Swing

1964 – 12 Songs of Christmas

1964 – Softly, as I Leave You

1965 – September of My Years

1965 – My Kind of Broadway

1965 – A Man and His Music

1966 – Moonlight Sinatra

1966 – Strangers in the Night

1966 – That’s Life

1967 – Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim

1967 – The World We Knew

1968 – Francis A. & Edward K.

1968 – The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas

1968 – Cycles

1969 – My Way

1969 – A Man Alone

1970 – Watertown

1971 – Sinatra & Company

1973 – Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back

1974 – Some Nice Things I’ve Missed

1980 – Trilogy: Past Present Future

1981 – She Shot Me Down

1984 – L.A. Is My Lady

1993 – Duets

1994 – Duets II

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