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
1968 Follow Me / All I Need Is the Girl Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington 1
1969 My Way Frank Sinatra 1
1970 Feelin' Kinda Sunday / Kids Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra 6
1975 I Believe I'm Gonna Love You / The Only Couple on the Floor Frank Sinatra 1
1977 Everybody Ought to Be in Love Frank Sinatra 1
1998 For My Dad Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra 1
1999 They All Laughed Frank Sinatra 1
I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra 1
My Way / Cycles Frank Sinatra 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 Sing and Dance No. 2 With Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1956 Sing and Dance With Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1961 Granada: Sinatra Swings Frank Sinatra 1
1961 Hit Parade Frank Sinatra 1
1961 I Remember Tommy Frank Sinatra 1
1962 Frank Sinatra Sings Frank Sinatra 1
1962 I Love Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1962 Night and Day Frank Sinatra 1
1962 Sinatra & Strings Frank Sinatra 1
1962 Sinatra and Swingin' Brass Frank Sinatra 1
1962 Sinatra and Swingin' Brass Frank Sinatra 1
1962 Tina Frank Sinatra 1
1962 Twist Frank Sinatra 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 The Magic of the Music Frank Sinatra 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 The Voice - Over Twenty Years in Music 1939-1960 Frank Sinatra 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 The Most Beautiful Songs of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1998 Startdust: 20 Magic Moments Frank Sinatra 1
1999 Blue Skies Frank Sinatra 1
2003 The Real Complete Columbia Years V-Discs Frank Sinatra 1
Christmas With Bing and Frank Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra 1
His Way The Very Best Of Frank Sinatra Volume 1 Frank Sinatra 1
The Clan In Chicago Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. 1
The Radio Years • 1939-1955 • Record Four Frank Sinatra 1
The Radio Years • 1939-1955 • Record One Frank Sinatra 1
The Radio Years • 1939-1955 • Record Six Frank Sinatra 1
The Radio Years • 1939-1955 • Record Three Frank Sinatra 1
The Radio Years • 1939-1955 • Record Two Frank Sinatra 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 The Romantic Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1970 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1
1973 Frank Frank Sinatra 1
2011 New York, New York Frank SinatraDean MartinSammy Davis Jr.Judy GarlandLouis Armstrong 1
2011 Love Songs & More Frank Sinatra 1
2013 5 Classic Swingin' Albums Frank Sinatra 1
Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits - The Early Years, Volume 2 Frank Sinatra 1
Holiday Classics Frank Sinatra 1
I Love NY Frank Sinatra 1
Romantic Songs From the Early Years Frank Sinatra 2
Simply Sinatra Frank Sinatra 2
Sinatra Sings of Cahn & Things Frank Sinatra 1
The Frank Sinatra Experience: 38 Greatest Hits Frank Sinatra 1
The Romantic Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
A Big Band Session Frank Sinatra 1

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