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Frank Sinatra

Famous singer Frank Sinatra, also known as The Chairman of the Board, made music history.

 

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'My Way'
'My Way' is identical in melody to a French song 'Comme d'habitude,' but completely different in lyrics. Sinatra's version was penned by Paul Anka and was included on Sintra's 1969 album of the same name. The song tells the story of a man nearing death, recounting his life and that he lived it without regrets. Fittingly, Sinatra released it at a time where he thought he would quit the music business. We're glad he didn't!

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'The Way You Look Tonight'
This Frank Sinatra song was originally performed by Fred Astaire and was featured in the film 'Swing Time,' later winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936. Sinatra is one of many performers (Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, among others) to cover the song, and his version has been included in many films.

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'Theme From New York New York'
The song was originally performed by Liza Minelli in Martin Scorsese's 1977 film 'New York, New York.' In 1980, it was recorded by Frank Sinatra, for his album 'Trilogy: Past Present Future.' His version has since become the quintessential New York tune.

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Accidents Will Happen
09/18/50 Arr: Axel Stordahl
Columbia, Studio
CD: Rarities

Adeste Fideles
08/08/46 Arr: Axel Stordahl
Columbia, Studio
CD: Christmas Songs By Sinatra
07/10/57 Arr: Gordon Jenkins
With: The Ralph Brewster Singers
Capitol, Studio
CD: A Jolly Christmas

After You've Gone
04/13/84 Arr: Frank Foster
Qwest, Studio
CD: L. A. Is My Lady

Ain't She Sweet
04/10/62 Arr: Neal Hefti
Reprise, Studio
CD: Sinatra & Swingin' Brass

Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back
03/11/47 Arr: Axel Stordahl
With: The Pied Pipers
Columbia, Studio
CD: Columbia Years: 1943-52

All Alone
01/15/62 Arr: Gordon Jenkins
Reprise, Studio
CD: Complete Reprise Studio

All I Need Is The Girl
12/11/67 Arr: Billy May
With: Duke Ellington Orch
Reprise, Studio
CD: Francis A & Edward K

All My Tomorrows
12/29/58 Arr: Nelson Riddle
Capitol, Studio
CD: Complete Capital Singles
02/18/69 Arr: Don Costa
Reprise, Studio
CD: My Way

All Of Me
07/08/44 Arr: Axel Stordahl
With: CBS Orch
Columbia, V-Disc, Released: 1994
CD: The V-Discs
Note: V-Disc Rec Sess at KFWB Studio Theatre
11/07/46 Arr: George Siravo
Columbia, Studio, Alternate, Released: 1993
CD: Columbia Years: 1943-52
Columbia, Studio, Alternate, Released: 1996
CD: Swing & Dance With
10/19/47 Arr: George Siravo
Columbia, Studio
CD: Columbia Years: 1943-52
Columbia, Studio, Alternate, Released: 1996
CD: Swing & Dance With
04/19/54 Arr: Nelson Riddle
Capitol, Studio
CD: Young Lovers/Swing Easy
03/31/59 Arr: Nelson Riddle
With: Red Norvo Quintet w/Local Orch
Blue Note, Live, Released: 1997
CD: Live In Australia, 1959
Note: West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

All Of You
09/17/79 Arr: Billy May
Reprise, Studio
CD: Trilogy: Past

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The albums and a string of successful films took Sinatra into the '60s at the top of his fame and form. He played the Newport Jazz Festival in the '60s, recorded with the Basie and Ellington, and played the Chairman to a colorful Clan that included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and other chums. Talent was the admission ticket.

Yet, the force of youth movement and rock music in the late '60s and early '70s seemed to shake his own confidence in his own hipness, and he tried to embrace some of the new material. But after a period of retirement and a few false starts in the recording studio, he returned to form doing the kind of music that told stories worth telling. In the '90s his stubbornness paid off. The youth icons of the '60s and '70s finally came to him to sing his song on his terms. Duets may have received mixed critical reaction, but once again Sinatra was king of the hill, scoring the largest album sales of his career.

Article: Frank Sinatra Biography
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The slump that marked the beginning of the 1950s for Frank Sinatra turned out to be a temporary blip in his career. The massive success of the movie 'From Here To Eternity' in 1953, for which he won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor, marked the beginning of a major revival in his fortunes. Sinatra was a hugely successful film actor, but his dramatic style was marked by energy and spontaneity, rather than by technique - an approach that earned him the nick-name, “One-Take Charlie”. Critics consider 'The Manchurian Candidate' (1964) to be his best film, but he is probably most famous for the handful of movies he made with his friends, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., in particular, 'Ocean’s Eleven' (1960) and 'The Detective' (1968) - together, the three actor-performers were known as “The Rat Pack“.

Frank Sinatra was also well known for stormy love life and colourful relationships, which were frequently the object of tabloid attention. Frank married no less than four times; his first marriage was to his childhood sweetheart, Nancy Barbato, with whom he had three children - Nancy, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Christina. The marriage hit the rocks when Sinatra had an affair with actress Ava Gardner. She became wife No. 2, when he married her in 1951. But rumour has it that Sinatra still loved Nancy’s cooking so much, that he would send someone by to pick up her homemade specialities many years after they had parted.

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Encouraged by his box office successes, Sinatra returned to the concert stage in January 1950, selling a staggering $18,000-worth of tickets for just two nights of performing - but an overly packed schedule of singing resulted in Sinatra’s haemorrhaging his vocal cords during a gig at the Copacabana night-club. He was forced to cut back on his commitments for a while, but bounced back to give a sell-out concert at the London Palladium in July 1950.

In 1951, he gave his debut performance at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas - a city that was to become the main arena for his singing over the ensuing decade. Elsewhere, his popularity was waning, as his appeal to teenage audiences fell. But Sinatra did have a few hits over this period, such as 'Goodnight Irene', 'Castle Rock', 'Bim Bam Baby', etc. and he continued to work extensively in radio, cabaret and television.

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Thought by many to be the finest American popular singer of our time.

Father of Nancy Sinatra, Tina Sinatra, and Frank Sinatra Jr..

Inspired the Johnny Fontaine character in The Godfather (1972).

Member (leader) of the "Rat Pack" - Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. All appeared in Ocean's Eleven (1960) and Sergeants 3 (1962).

Interred at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California, USA. Specific Interment Location: B-8, #151.

According to Mia Farrow's biography, 'What Falls Away', he offered to have Woody Allen's legs broken when he was found to be having an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.

Reportedly kept a picture of Ava Gardner on his mirror long after their break up.

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Growing up on the streets of Hoboken, New Jersey, made Frank Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A. system), he eventually got work as a band singer, first with The Hoboken Four then with Harry James, then Tommy Dorsey. With the help of George Evans (Sinatra's genius press agent), his image was shaped into that of a street thug and punk who was saved by his first wife, Nancy. In 1942 he started his solo career, instantly finding fame as the king of the bobbysoxers - the young women and girls who were his fans - becoming the most popular singer of the era among teenage music fans. About that time his film career was also starting in earnest, striking box-office gold early on with a lead role in Anchors Aweigh (1945), a Best Picture nominee at the 1946 Academy Awards. Sinatra was awarded a special Oscar for his part in a short film against intolerance, The House I Live In (1946). His career on a high, Sinatra went from strength-to-strength on record, on stage and on screen, peaking in 1949, once again with Gene Kelly, in the MGM musical On the Town (1949) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949). A controversial public affair with screen siren Ava Gardner broke up his marriage to Nancy Barbato.

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Was that then the secret of Frank Sinatra's success, a listenable voice and a reputation for roughness? His longevity must have helped. He was born in a slum district of New Jersey to Italian immigrants (father a fireman, mother a nurse) and had a first-generation American's determination to succeed. He never willingly retired and had to be carried off the stage in 1994 when he collapsed in the middle of singing "My Way".

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Source: The Economist (US)

It's often been said that a great singer is, by nature, a great actor, because of the need to impart meaning to the lyrics that he or she sings. It's become a clich' but if it were as simple as that, there would be more great singing actors. In Sinatra's case, if you didn't know he was an enormously popular singing star, you'd still be impressed with his work on film.

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