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 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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Discography

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Sinatra at the Movies Frank Sinatra 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1939 From the Bottom of My Heart / Melancholy Mood Frank Sinatra 1
1940 Polka Dots and Moonbeams / I'll Be Seeing You Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 1
1941 Dolores / I Tried Frank Sinatra & The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1
1941 It's Always You / Birds of a Feather Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra / Connie Haines 1
1945 Dream / There's No You Frank Sinatra 1
1945 Nancy (With the Laughing Face) / The Cradle Song Frank Sinatra 1
1945 Ol' Man River / Stormy Weather Frank Sinatra 1
1946 Five Minutes More / How Cute Can You Be? Frank Sinatra 1
1946 Oh! What It Seemed to Be / Day by Day Frank Sinatra 1
1947 Embraceable You / She's Funny That Way Frank Sinatra 1
1947 How Deep Is the Ocean? / That Old Black Magic Frank Sinatra 1
1947 I Believe / Time After Time Frank Sinatra 1
1947 I Concentrate on You / I'm Sorry I Made You Cry Frank Sinatra 1
1947 Over the Rainbow / All the Things You Are Frank Sinatra 1
1954 You, My Love / Someone to Watch Over Me Frank Sinatra 1
1954 Young at Heart / Take a Chance Frank Sinatra 1
1955 (Love Is) The Tender Trap / Weep They Will Frank Sinatra 1
1955 Learnin' the Blues / If I Had Three Wishes Frank Sinatra 1
1955 Love and Marriage / The Impatient Years Frank Sinatra 1
1955 Not as a Stranger / How Could You Do a Thing Like That to Me? Frank Sinatra 1
1957 All the Way / Chicago Frank Sinatra 1
1957 Witchcraft / Tell Her You Love Her Frank Sinatra 1
1958 Frank Sinatra Sings To Love & Be Loved Frank Sinatra 1
1958 Mr Success / Sleep Warm Frank Sinatra 1
1959 French Foreign Legion / Time After Time Frank Sinatra 1
1959 High Hopes / All My Tomorrows Frank Sinatra 1
1960 Old MacDonald / You'll Always Be the One I Love Frank Sinatra 1
1961 Granada / The Curse of an Aching Heart Frank Sinatra 1
1962 Ev'rybody's Twistin' / Nothin' but the Best Frank Sinatra 2
1962 Me and My Shadow Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr. 2
1964 My Kind of Town / I Like to Lead When I Dance Frank Sinatra 1
1966 That's Life / The September of My Years Frank Sinatra 1
1966 You Make Me Feel So Young Frank Sinatra 1
1967 Somethin' Stupid / Give Her Love Frank & Nancy Sinatra 1
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
1991 Love And Marriage (Tune From Married With Children) (Original Version) Frank Sinatra 1
1993 I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra 1
1998 For My Dad Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra 1
1999 They All Laughed Frank Sinatra 1
My Way / Cycles Frank Sinatra 1

EP

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

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
I Love NY Frank Sinatra 1

Other + Compilation

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

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Sinatra Sings of Cahn & Things Frank Sinatra 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
A Big Band Session Frank Sinatra 1

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