Frank Sinatra

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Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (/sɨˈnɑːtrə/; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor, director, and film producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943. The idol of the "bobby soxers", he released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. His professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, but it was reborn in 1953 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity. He signed with Capitol Records in 1953 and released several critically lauded albums (such as In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin' Lovers!, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely and Nice 'n' Easy). Sinatra left Capitol to start his own record label, Reprise Records, in 1961, finding success with albums such as Ring-a-Ding-Ding!, Sinatra at the Sands and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. He toured internationally, was a founding member of the Rat Pack and fraternized with celebrities and statesmen, including John F. Kennedy.

In 1965, Sinatra recorded the retrospective September of My Years, starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, and scored hits with "Strangers in the Night" and "My Way". In 1967, he recorded one of his most famous collaborations with Tom Jobim, the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, which was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It was followed by 1968's collaboration with Duke Ellington. With sales of his music dwindling and after appearing in several poorly received films, Sinatra retired for the first time in 1971. Two years later, however, he came out of retirement and from 1973 recorded several albums, scoring a Top 40 hit with "(Theme From) New York, New York" in 1980. Using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, he toured both within the United States and internationally until a short time before his death in 1998.

Sinatra also forged a highly successful career as a film actor. After winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1953, he also garnered a nomination for Best Actor for The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), and critical acclaim for his performance in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). He also starred in such musicals as On the Town (1949), Guys and Dolls (1955), High Society (1956), and Pal Joey (1957).

Sinatra is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Sinatra was also the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century, Sinatra's popularity was later matched only by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Michael Jackson. American music critic Robert Christgau called him "the greatest singer of the 20th century".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1946 The Voice of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 5 9
1947 Songs by Sinatra Frank Sinatra 2
1948 Christmas Songs by Sinatra Frank Sinatra 6
1949 Frankly Sentimental Frank Sinatra 2
1950 Sing and Dance With Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 6
1954 Swing Easy! Frank Sinatra 2
1954 Songs for Young Lovers Frank Sinatra 3
1955 In the Wee Small Hours Frank Sinatra 5 8
1955 Christmas With Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1956 Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color Frank Sinatra 2
1956 Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! Frank Sinatra 11
1957 A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 6
1957 A Swingin’ Affair! Frank Sinatra 3
1957 Christmas Dreaming Frank Sinatra 1
1957 Close to You Frank Sinatra 2
1957 Where Are You? Frank Sinatra with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra 5
1958 Come Fly With Me Frank Sinatra with Billy May and His Orchestra 4
1958 Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely Frank Sinatra, orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle 7
1958 Love Is a Kick Frank Sinatra 1
1959 Come Dance With Me! Frank Sinatra 3
1959 No One Cares Frank Sinatra, orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins 3
1960 Nice ‘n’ Easy Frank Sinatra 5
1961 Come Swing With Me! Frank Sinatra 4
1961 I Remember Tommy Frank Sinatra 4
1961 Ring-a-Ding Ding! Frank Sinatra 11
1961 Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! Frank Sinatra 4
1961 Swing Along With Me Frank Sinatra 12
1962 Sinatra & Strings Frank Sinatra 6
1962 Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First Frank Sinatra & Count Basie 3
1962 All Alone Frank Sinatra 2
1962 Point of No Return Frank Sinatra, arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl 3
1962 Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain Frank Sinatra 1
1963 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Featuring Frank Sinatra Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra feat. Frank Sinatra 1
1964 It Might as Well Be Swing Frank Sinatra & Count Basie 3
1964 Frank Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River and Other Academy Award Winners Frank Sinatra 2
1965 A Man and His Music Frank Sinatra 3
1965 September of My Years Frank Sinatra 4 4
1966 That’s Life Frank Sinatra 2
1966 Moonlight Sinatra Frank Sinatra 4
1966 Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra 4 4
1967 Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim 4
1967 Francis A. & Edward K. Frank Sinatra with Duke Ellington 2
1967 The World We Knew Frank Sinatra 3
1968 Cycles Frank Sinatra 2
1969 Sinatra & Company Frank Sinatra 2
1969 A Man Alone & Other Songs of Rod McKuen Frank Sinatra 1
1969 My Way Frank Sinatra 6
1970 Watertown Frank Sinatra 3
1973 Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back Frank Sinatra 1
1974 Some Nice Things I've Missed Frank Sinatra 4

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