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Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Born to Italian immigrants in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra began his musical career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. Sinatra found success as a solo artist after he signed with Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers". He released his debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. But by the early 1950s his professional career had stalled and he turned to Las Vegas, where he became one of its best known residency performers as part of the Rat Pack. His career was reborn in 1953 with the success of From Here to Eternity, with his performance subsequently winning an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sinatra released several critically lauded albums, including In the Wee Small Hours (1955), Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (1956), Come Fly with Me (1958), Only the Lonely (1958) and Nice 'n' Easy (1960).

Sinatra left Capitol in 1960 to start his own record label, Reprise Records, and released a string of successful albums. In 1965, he recorded the retrospective September of My Years and starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music. After releasing Sinatra at the Sands, recorded at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Vegas with frequent collaborator Count Basie in early 1966, the following year he recorded one of his most famous collaborations with Tom Jobim, the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was followed by 1968's Francis A. & Edward K. with Duke Ellington. Sinatra retired for the first time in 1971, but came out of retirement two years later and recorded several albums and resumed performing at Caesars Palace, and reached success in 1980 with "New York, New York". Using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, he toured both within the United States and internationally until shortly before his death in 1998.

Sinatra forged a highly successful career as a film actor. After winning an Academy Award for From Here to Eternity, he starred in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), and received critical acclaim for his performance in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). He appeared in various musicals such as On the Town (1949), Guys and Dolls (1955), High Society (1956), and Pal Joey (1957), winning another Golden Globe for the latter. Toward the end of his career, he became associated with playing detectives, including the title character in Tony Rome (1967). Sinatra would later receive the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1971. On television, The Frank Sinatra Show began on ABC in 1950, and he continued to make appearances on television throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Sinatra was also heavily involved with politics from the mid-1940s, and actively campaigned for presidents such as Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. In crime, Sinatra was investigated by the FBI for his alleged relationship with the Mafia.

While Sinatra never learned how to read music, he had an impressive understanding of it, and he worked very hard from a young age to improve his abilities in all aspects of music. A perfectionist, renowned for his dress sense and performing presence, he always insisted on recording live with his band. His bright blue eyes earned him the popular nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes". Sinatra led a colorful personal life, and was often involved in turbulent affairs with women, such as with his second wife Ava Gardner. He later married Mia Farrow in 1966 and Barbara Marx in 1976. Sinatra had several violent confrontations, usually with journalists he felt had crossed him, or work bosses with whom he had disagreements. 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. He was collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most influential people. After Sinatra's death, American music critic Robert Christgau called him "the greatest singer of the 20th century", and he continues to be seen as an iconic figure.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1946The Voice of Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra510
1947Songs by SinatraFrank Sinatra2
1948Christmas Songs by SinatraFrank Sinatra8
1949Frankly SentimentalFrank Sinatra2
1950Dedicated to YouFrank Sinatra1
1950Sing and Dance With Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra7
1954Swing Easy!Frank Sinatra3
1954Songs for Young LoversFrank Sinatra3
1955In the Wee Small HoursFrank Sinatra511
1955Christmas With SinatraFrank Sinatra1
1955The Voice (Sinatra's debut album, 1955 track listing)Frank Sinatra3
1956Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of ColorFrank Sinatra3
1956Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!Frank Sinatra516
1957A Jolly Christmas From Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra14
1957A Swingin’ Affair!Frank Sinatra6
1957Christmas DreamingFrank Sinatra1
1957Close to YouFrank Sinatra3
1957Where Are You?Frank Sinatra with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra5
1958Come Fly With MeFrank Sinatra with Billy May and His Orchestra8
1958Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the LonelyFrank Sinatra, orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle513
1958Love Is a KickFrank Sinatra1
1959Come Dance With Me!Frank Sinatra4
1959No One CaresFrank Sinatra, orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins5
1960Nice ’n’ EasyFrank Sinatra10
1961Come Swing With Me!Frank Sinatra5
1961I Remember TommyFrank Sinatra4
1961Ring-a-Ding Ding!Frank Sinatra11
1961Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!!Frank Sinatra4
1961Swing Along With MeFrank Sinatra12
1962Sinatra & StringsFrank Sinatra6
1962Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical FirstFrank Sinatra & Count Basie4
1962All AloneFrank Sinatra3
1962Point of No ReturnFrank Sinatra, arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl3
1962Sinatra and Swingin’ BrassFrank Sinatra4
1962Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great BritainFrank Sinatra2
1963Sinatra’s SinatraFrank Sinatra2
1963The Concert SinatraFrank Sinatra2
1963Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra featuring Frank SinatraTommy Dorsey and His Orchestra featuring Frank Sinatra1
1964America I Hear You SingingFrank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians1
1964It Might as Well Be SwingFrank Sinatra & Count Basie4
196412 Songs of ChristmasBing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians2
1964Frank Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River and Other Academy Award WinnersFrank Sinatra2
1965September of My YearsFrank Sinatra44
1965A Man and His MusicFrank Sinatra3
1966That’s LifeFrank Sinatra2
1966Moonlight SinatraFrank Sinatra4
1966Strangers in the NightFrank Sinatra4.510
1967Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos JobimFrank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim4
1967The World We KnewFrank Sinatra3
1968CyclesFrank Sinatra2
1969A Man Alone & Other Songs of Rod McKuenFrank Sinatra1
1969My WayFrank Sinatra56
1970WatertownFrank Sinatra3
1971Sinatra & CompanyFrank Sinatra2
1973Ol’ Blue Eyes Is BackFrank Sinatra2
1974Some Nice Things I’ve MissedFrank Sinatra4
1980Trilogy: Past Present FutureFrank Sinatra2
1981She Shot Me DownFrank Sinatra3
1984L.A. Is My LadyFrank Sinatra5
1987Christmas DreamingFrank Sinatra1
1988Francis A. & Edward K.Frank Sinatra with Duke Ellington3
1993At Villa Venice, Chicago Live 1962 Vol. IIFrank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr.1
1994I’ll Be Seeing YouFrank Sinatra3
1994A Merry Christmas with Frank & BingBing Crosby & Frank Sinatra1
1994That Christmas FeelingBing Crosby & Frank Sinatra1
1994White ChristmasFrank Sinatra1
1997Frank Sinatra ForeverFrank Sinatra1
1998Screen SInatraFrank Sinatra1
1999A Christmas to RememberBing Crosby & Frank Sinatra1
2000Sentimental RomanceTommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra1
2001Under the MistletoeFrank Sinatra2
2004NeverthelessFrank Sinatra2
2004Some Enchanted EveningFrank Sinatra1
2004The Christmas AlbumFrank Sinatra1
2006An Evening With the Rat PackFrank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr.1
2007Sings With StyleFrank Sinatra1
2009I Get A Kick Out Of YouFrank Sinatra1
2009Look At Me NowFrank Sinatra1
2009Pennies From HeavenFrank Sinatra1
2009Young At HeartFrank Sinatra1
2010Sinatra and Swingin' BrassFrank Sinatra1
2017Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos JobimFrancis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1955FrankieFrank Sinatra1
1956This Is Sinatra!Frank Sinatra5
1958Frankie and TommyFrank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra1
1958The Frank Sinatra Story In MusicFrank Sinatra1
1958This Is Sinatra, Volume TwoFrank Sinatra2
1959Look to Your HeartFrank Sinatra2
1961All the WayFrank Sinatra3
1962Sinatra Sings… of Love and ThingsFrank Sinatra2
1964Softly, as I Leave YouFrank Sinatra2
1964This Is Sinatra …His Very BestFrank Sinatra1
1965My Kind of BroadwayFrank Sinatra3
1965Sinatra ’65Frank Sinatra2
1965Sings The Select Cole PorterFrank Sinatra2
1966Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits - The Early Years, Volume 2Frank Sinatra2
1966The Romantic SinatraFrank Sinatra1
1967Have Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasFrank Sinatra1
1967Romantic Songs From the Early YearsFrank Sinatra2
1967The Nearness Of YouFrank Sinatra1

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