Frank Sinatra

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Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (/sˈnɑːtrə/; Italian: [siˈnaːtra]; 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. Sinatra's music has been considered timeless by many. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants, he began his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. He found success as a solo artist after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers". He released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. Sinatra's professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, and he turned to Las Vegas, where he became one of its best known performers as part of the Rat Pack. His career was reborn in 1953 with the success of From Here to Eternity and his subsequent Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He signed with Capitol Records and 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, 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". 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 collaboration 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. In 1980 he scored a Top 40 hit with "(Theme From) New York, New York". 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 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), and toward the end of his career he became associated with playing detectives, including the title character in Tony Rome (1967). 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, though before Kennedy's death Sinatra's alleged Mafia connections led to his being snubbed.

While Sinatra never formally learned how to read music, he had a fine, natural 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 impeccable dress sense and cleanliness, 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 went on to marry 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. After his 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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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 Dedicated to You Frank Sinatra 1
1950 Sing and Dance With Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 6
1954 Swing Easy! Frank Sinatra 3
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
1955 The Voice (Sinatra's debut album, 1955 track listing) Frank Sinatra 2
1956 Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color Frank Sinatra 2
1956 Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! Frank Sinatra 5 13
1957 A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra with the orchestra and chorus of Gordon Jenkins 9
1957 A Swingin’ Affair! Frank Sinatra 5
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 5 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 3
1962 Point of No Return Frank Sinatra, arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl 3
1962 Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass Frank Sinatra 4
1962 Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain Frank Sinatra 1
1963 The Concert Sinatra Frank Sinatra 2
1963 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Featuring Frank Sinatra Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra feat. Frank Sinatra 1
1964 America I Hear You Singing Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians 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 September of My Years Frank Sinatra 4 4
1965 A Man and His Music Frank Sinatra 3
1966 That’s Life Frank Sinatra 2
1966 Moonlight Sinatra Frank Sinatra 4
1966 Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra 4 5
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 2
1974 Some Nice Things I've Missed Frank Sinatra 4
1980 Trilogy: Past Present Future Frank Sinatra 2
1981 She Shot Me Down Frank Sinatra 2
1984 L.A. Is My Lady Frank Sinatra 4
1987 Swing Easy! / Songs for Young Lovers Frank Sinatra 2
1991 Frank Sinatra sings The Select Cole Porter Frank Sinatra 1
1994 I'll Be Seeing You Frank Sinatra 2
1994 A Merry Christmas with Frank & Bing Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra 1
1994 That Christmas Feeling Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra 1
1994 White Christmas Frank Sinatra 1
1996 Christmas Sing with Frank and Bing Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra 1
1997 Frank Sinatra Forever Frank Sinatra 1
1997 The Masters Frank Sinatra 1
1998 Songs for Young Lovers / Swing Easy! Frank Sinatra 2
1998 Limited Edition Sinatra Duets And Duets II Frank Sinatra 1
2000 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2001 Under the Mistletoe Frank Sinatra 2
2002 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey: Voice of the Century Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 1
2003 Members Edition Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Nevertheless Frank Sinatra 1
2007 Frank Sinatra Originals Frank Sinatra 1
2008 The Voice (Come Fly With Me / The Voice / A Swingin' Affair) Frank Sinatra 1
2011 I'll Be Seeing You Frank Sinatra 1
2014 Christmas Classics With Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2015 The Platinum Collection Frank Sinatra 1
A Christmas to Remember Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra 1
Christmas With Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra 1
Classic Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
Classic Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
For You Frank Sinatra 1
Frank Sinatra Christmas Dreaming Frank Sinatra 1
Night & Day (Great Nostalgia) Frank Sinatra 1
Night and Day Frank Sinatra 1
Ol' Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra 1
Sinatra: Best of the Best Frank Sinatra 1
The Fabulous Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
The Lady Is a Tramp Frank Sinatra 1
The One & Only Frank Sinatra 1
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Frank Sinatra 1
You're the Top Frank Sinatra 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Frankie Frank Sinatra 1
1956 This Is Sinatra! Frank Sinatra 2
1958 This Is Sinatra, Volume Two Frank Sinatra 1
1959 Look to Your Heart Frank Sinatra 1
1961 All the Way Frank Sinatra 2
1962 Sinatra Sings... of Love and Things Frank Sinatra 2

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