Frank Sinatra

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Francis Albert Sinatra (; 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 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
2003 The Essential Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years Frank Sinatra 2
2003 When You're Smiling Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Young Blue Eyes: Birth of the Crooner Frank Sinatra with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
2004 Ultimate Legends: Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Frank Sinatra: The Complete Collection Frank Sinatra 4
2004 The Christmas Album (3D Pop-Up) Frank Sinatra 1
2004 The Platinum Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2004 The Christmas Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2004 47 Original Recordings Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Capitol Records Concept Albums Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Christmas Songs Frank Sinatra 2
2004 Frank Sinatra Jazz Giants Vol.2 CD1 Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Frank Sinatra Jazz Giants Vol.2 CD2 Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Frank Sinatra Jazz Giants VOL.2 CD3 Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Frank Sinatra Sings Christmas Classics Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Ol' Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Soundtrack to a Century Frank Sinatra 1
2004 Swinging Together Sammy Davis Jr. & Frank Sinatra 1
2004 That's Life Frank Sinatra 1
2004 The Great Vocalists of Jazz & Entertainment: I’ll Be Seeing You Frank Sinatra 1
2004 The Great Vocalists of Jazz & Entertainment: It Don’t Mean a Thing Frank Sinatra / Ivy Anderson 1
2005 All of Me Frank Sinatra 1
2005 The Magic of the Music Frank Sinatra 1
2005 The Christmas Album Frank Sinatra 1
2005 The Essential Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
2005 Duets and Duets II Frank Sinatra 3
2005 The Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby Christmas Collection Frank Sinatra / Bing Crosby 1
2005 A Jolly Christmas With Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2005 Fly Me to the Moon Frank Sinatra 1
2005 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2005 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2005 The Kings of Swing Michael Bublé & Frank Sinatra 2
2005 The Rat Pack Collection Frank, Sammy & Dean 1
2005 The Sinatra Collection (12 Great Tracks From Ol' Blue Eyes) Frank Sinatra 1
2005 There's No Business Like Show Business Frank Sinatra 1
2005 Trilogy: Three Classic Albums Frank Sinatra 1
2006 I Get a Kick Out of You Frank Sinatra 1
2006 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2006 The Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2006 The Dorsey Years Frank Sinatra 1
2006 The Ultimate Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2006 The Voice (2006 3cd compilation) Frank Sinatra 1
2007 Romance: Songs From the Heart Frank Sinatra 1
2007 I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra 2
2007 Legends Sinatra 1
2007 The Kings of Swing Jamie Cullum & Frank Sinatra 2
2007 A Voice in Time: 1939–1952 Frank Sinatra 1
2007 Frank Sinatra Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2007 Frank Sinatra Originals Frank Sinatra 1
2007 Legends in Music: Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2007 Sings the Cole Porter Songbook Frank Sinatra 1
2007 The Great American Songbook Frank Sinatra 1
2007 The Legend Of Frank Sinatra 1
2007 Three Original Hit Albums Frank Sinatra 1
2007 Young at Heart: Essential Gold Frank Sinatra 1
2008 Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs Frank Sinatra 1
2008 Nothing but the Best Frank Sinatra 2.75 4
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2008 Blue Eyes Essentials Frank Sinatra 1
2008 Frank Sinatra Trilogy Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2008 Star Mark Greatest Hits Frank Sinatra 1
2008 The Best of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2008 The Heart of the Matter: Frank Sinatra Sings About Love Frank Sinatra 1
2008 The Lady Is a Tramp & Other Great Hits Frank Sinatra 1
2008 White Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2009 Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love Frank Sinatra 2
2009 100 Hits Legends: Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2009 Christmas With Sinatra and Friends Frank Sinatra 1
2009 Classic Sinatra II Frank Sinatra 1
2009 The Christmas Collection Frank Sinatra 1
2010 Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim 1
2010 An American Icon Frank Sinatra 1
2010 Grandes Éxitos Frank Sinatra 1
2011 Best of Vegas Frank Sinatra 1
2011 New York, New York Frank SinatraDean MartinSammy Davis Jr.Judy GarlandLouis Armstrong 1
2011 Essential Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. Volume One Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. 1
2011 Essential Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. Volume Two Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. 1
2011 Eight Classic Albums Frank Sinatra 1
2011 Best of the Best Frank Sinatra 2
2011 Best of the Best Frank Sinatra 1
2011 I'll Be Seeing You Frank Sinatra 1
2011 Love Songs & More Frank Sinatra 1
2011 The Frank Sinatra Experience: 38 Greatest Hits Frank Sinatra 1
2011 We Three Kings: Christmas Album Nat King Cole / Elvis Presley / Frank Sinatra 1
2012 Singin' the Love Frank Sinatra & Elvis Presley 1
2012 Swinging With Frank - The Absolutely Essential Collection Frank Sinatra 2
2012 Coleção Folha grandes vozes, Volume 1: Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
2012 The Kings of Christmas Elvis Presley & Frank Sinatra 1
2012 Christmas Hits Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin 1
2012 The Ultimate Christmas Sinatra 1
2013 Frank Sinatra Vol. 2: Nine Classic Albums Frank Sinatra 1
2013 The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings Frank Sinatra & Count Basie 1
2013 ICON Christmas Frank Sinatra 1
2013 Best of Duets Frank Sinatra 1
2013 Duets (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) Frank Sinatra 1
2013 5 Classic Swingin' Albums Frank Sinatra 1
2013 Lovin' & Swingin' All Night Long Frank Sinatra 1
2013 Masterworks: The 1954-61 Albums Frank Sinatra 1
2014 Simply Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1

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