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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 in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants, 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. Sinatra's professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, 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. Despite his political connections, the FBI investigated Sinatra and his alleged relationship with the Mafia.

While Sinatra never formally 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 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
1973 Frank Frank Sinatra 1
1973 Love Frank Sinatra 1
1973 Sings Evergreens Frank Sinatra 1
1973 The Most Beautiful Songs of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1975 Falling in Love Frank Sinatra 1
1976 2 Originals of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1977 Portrait of Sinatra: Forty Songs From the Life of a Man Frank Sinatra 1
1978 An Evening With Frank and Friends Frank Sinatra 1
1979 Sinatra-Jobim Sessions Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim 1
1980 Rare Recordings 1935 - 1970 Frank Sinatra 1
1983 Frank Sinatra - The Collection Frank Sinatra & Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra 1
1983 New York, New York: His Greatest Hits Frank Sinatra 5
1984 20 Golden Greats Frank Sinatra 1
1984 The Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1986 The Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1986 The Frank Sinatra Christmas Collection Frank Sinatra 2
1987 Christmas Dreaming Frank Sinatra 1
1987 Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits Frank Sinatra 3 1
1987 New York, New York Frank Sinatra 1
1987 Ol' Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra 1
1987 Radio Days Frank Sinatra 1
1987 The Frank Sinatra Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1987 The Frank Sinatra Duets Frank Sinatra 1
1987 The Original Sessions, Volume 1 Frank Sinatra 1
1987 The Radio Years 1939-1955 Frank Sinatra 2
1987 The Sinatra Christmas Album Frank Sinatra 2
1988 "Strangers in the Night" & Other Favourites Frank Sinatra 1
1988 All Time Greatest Hits: Volume 1 Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1988 All Time Greatest Hits: Volume 2 Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1988 All Time Greatest Hits: Volume 3 Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1988 All Time Greatest Hits: Volume 4 Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1988 Greatest Hits Nancy Sinatra with Frank Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood 2
1988 One for My Baby Frank Sinatra 1
1988 Sinatra Rarities: The Columbia Years Frank Sinatra 1
1988 The Frank Sinatra Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1988 The Very Best Of - The Voice Frank Sinatra 1
1988 The Wonderful World of Frank Sinatra 1943-1951 Frank Sinatra 1
1988 The Wonderful World of Frank Sinatra 1952-1960 Frank Sinatra 1
1989 Capitol Collectors Series Frank Sinatra 1
1989 Frank Sinatra: The Capitol Collectors Series Frank Sinatra 1
1989 Gold! Frank Sinatra 1
1989 Greatest Hits: The Early Years Frank Sinatra 1
1989 Screen Sinatra Frank Sinatra 2
1989 The Lady Is a Tramp Frank Sinatra 1
1989 The Story Frank Sinatra 1
1990 The Reprise Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1990 The Capitol Years Frank Sinatra 2
1990 Selections From the Reprise Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1990 You Make Me Feel So Young Frank Sinatra 1
1991 Greatest Hits: The Early Years Frank Sinatra 1
1991 Sinatra Reprise: The Very Good Years Frank Sinatra 2
1991 It’s Christmas Time Bing Crosby / Frank Sinatra / Nat King Cole 4
1991 Sinatra Sings the Select Cole Porter Frank Sinatra 1
1991 Sinatra Sings the Songs of Van Heusen and Cahn Frank Sinatra 1
1991 The Gold Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1991 The Reprise Years Frank Sinatra 1
1991 The Very Best of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1992 Stardust Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1992 The Best of the Capitol Years Frank Sinatra 1
1992 Concepts Frank Sinatra 5 1
1992 All the Way Frank Sinatra 1
1992 Gold Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1993 Sinatra Sings Cole Porter Frank Sinatra 2
1993 The Columbia Years: 1943–1952: The Complete Recordings Frank Sinatra 1
1993 Duets Frank Sinatra 4 3
1993 Christmas With Bing and Frank Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra 1
1993 Holiday Classics Frank Sinatra 1
1993 On the Sunny Side of the Street Frank Sinatra 2
1993 Swing Classics Frank Sinatra 1
1993 The Radio Years Frank Sinatra 1
1993 The Voice Frank Sinatra 1
1994 The Song Is You Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1994 The Gold Collection Frank Sinatra 2
1994 Duets II Frank Sinatra 4
1994 The Clan in Chicago Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. 1
1994 The Classic Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1994 The Essence of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1994 The Golden Days of Radio Frank Sinatra 1
1994 The Sinatra Christmas Album Frank Sinatra 1
1994 The V-Discs 1943-1952 Frank Sinatra 2
1994 This Is Frank Sinatra 1953-1957 Frank Sinatra 1
1995 Frankieboy Frank Sinatra 1
1995 Sinatra 80th: All the Best Frank Sinatra 2
1995 The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings Frank Sinatra 3
1995 The Original Sessions: String Along Frank Sinatra 1
1995 16 Most Requested Songs Frank Sinatra 1
1995 An American Legend Frank Sinatra 1
1995 Blue Skies Frank Sinatra 1
1995 Christmas Through the Years Frank Sinatra 1
1995 Frank Sinatra Sings the Select Johnny Mercer Frank Sinatra 1
1995 Gold Frank Sinatra 1
1995 I'm in the Mood for Love Frank Sinatra 1
1995 I've Got a Crush on You Frank Sinatra 1
1995 Oh! Look at Me Now Frank Sinatra 2
1995 Selection of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1995 Sinatra Sings the Select Rodgers & Hart Frank Sinatra 1
1995 Swing Classics Frank Sinatra 1
1995 The Classic Tracks Frank Sinatra 1
1996 Sinatra Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein Frank Sinatra 1
1996 The Complete Capitol Singles Collection Frank Sinatra 1

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