Frank Sinatra

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Francis Albert 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. 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 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, starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, and released the tracks "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, 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 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), 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, 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 natural, intuitive 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
1997 A Touch of Class Frank Sinatra 1
1997 Duets Frank Sinatra 1
1997 Frank Sinatra's Perfect Ten Frank Sinatra 1
1997 In Celebration Frank Sinatra 1
1997 Love Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1997 My Way (The Best Of Frank Sinatra) Frank Sinatra 1
1997 Swingin’ Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1997 Thank You, Frank Frank Sinatra 1
1997 The Legend Frank Sinatra 1
1997 The Masters Frank Sinatra 1
1997 Yesterday Frank Sinatra 1
1998 Christmas Dreaming Frank Sinatra 1
1998 20 Classic Tracks Frank Sinatra 1
1998 Gold Frank Sinatra 1
1998 The Best of the Columbia Years 1943-1952 Frank Sinatra 1
1998 A Portrait of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1998 Frank Sinatra & the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1998 The Capitol Years Frank Sinatra 1
1998 20 Great Love Songs Frank Sinatra 1
1998 36 All-Time Favorites Frank Sinatra 1
1998 Frank Sinatra & Friends Frank Sinatra 2
1998 Greatest Hits 1940 - 1947 Frank Sinatra 1
1998 In the Late of the Evening Frank Sinatra 1
1998 It's Christmas Time Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra & Louis Armstrong 1
1998 La Voz: 14 Temas Originales Frank Sinatra 1
1998 Ol' Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra 1
1998 Show Stoppers Frank Sinatra 1
1998 Startdust: 20 Magic Moments Frank Sinatra 1
1998 The One And Only Frank Sinatra 1
1998 The Platinum Collection Frank Sinatra 1
1998 The Popular Sinatra, Vol. 3 Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1998 The Popular Sinatra, Volume 2 Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1998 The Rare Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1998 This Is Sinatra! Frank Sinatra 2
1999 It's All So New! Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra 1
1999 Blue Skies Frank Sinatra 1
1999 Day by Day Frank Sinatra 1
1999 I'll Be Around Frank Sinatra 2
1999 Night and Day Frank Sinatra 1
1999 Christmas Sinatra / Crosby 1
1999 A Couple of Swells Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin 1
1999 Blue Skies Frank Sinatra 1
1999 Learn to Croon Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1999 The Early Years Frank Sinatra 1
1999 The Fabulous Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1999 The Golden Voice Frank Sinatra 1
1999 The Legend Frank Sinatra 1
1999 The Legendary Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1999 With Love Frank Sinatra 1
2000 Classic Sinatra: His Great Performances 1953-1960 Frank Sinatra 2
2000 Super Hits Frank Sinatra 1
2000 The 3 Crooners Frank Sinatra 1
2000 Christmas With Frank & Bing Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra 2
2000 Classic Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2000 Classic Sinatra - His Great Performances 1953-1960 Frank Sinatra 1
2000 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2000 Original Recordings Frank Sinatra 1
2000 Sinatra at Christmas Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby 1
2000 That Old Black Magic Frank Sinatra 1
2000 The Classic Frank Sinatra Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2000 The Early Years Frank Sinatra 1
2001 45 Original Recordings: The Golden Voice / All of Me Frank Sinatra 1
2001 From the Vaults Frank Sinatra 1
2001 Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2001 Sinatra Love Songs Frank Sinatra 3
2001 Sinatra Love Songs Frank Sinatra 1
2001 Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra 1
2001 The Golden Years Frank Sinatra 1
2001 They Say It's Wonderful Frank Sinatra 1
2001 You Make Me Feel So Young Frank Sinatra 1
2002 Greatest Love Songs Frank Sinatra 1
2002 Romance Frank Sinatra 1
2002 All or Nothing at All Frank Sinatra 1
2002 Frank Sinatra in Hollywood 1940-1964 Frank Sinatra 1
2002 The Golden Years of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2002 Classic Duets Frank Sinatra 2
2002 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey: Voice of the Century Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 1
2002 Hall of Fame Frank Sinatra 1
2002 New York, New York: The Album Frank Sinatra 2
2002 On the Swingin' Side of the Street Frank Sinatra 2
2002 You Make Me Feel So Young Frank Sinatra 1
2003 A Fine Romance: The Love Songs of Frank Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Hit Memories: Early Swing Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Hit Memories: Sentimental Frank Sinatra 1
2003 BD Jazz Series: Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Portrait Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Sinatra Sings Gershwin Frank Sinatra 1
2003 The Christmas Album Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Members Edition Frank Sinatra 1
2003 All of Me Frank Sinatra 1
2003 The Rat Pack: 56 Great Songs From the Kings of Cool Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. 1
2003 The Real Complete Columbia Years V-Discs Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Classics and Standards Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Duets With the Dames Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Frank Sinatra – Classic Masters Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Golden Greats Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Jazz !!! Frank Sinatra 1
2003 Legends Frank & Friends 1
2003 The Essential Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years Frank Sinatra 2
2003 When You're Smiling Frank Sinatra 1

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