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 Americans, 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. In crime, the FBI investigated Sinatra and his alleged relationship with the Mafia.

While Sinatra never 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 later married 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. He was collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the twentieth century's 100 most influential people. 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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2015 Joy to the World: The Most Wonderful Christmas Songs Various Artists 1
2015 Last Christmas Various Artists 1
2015 Now! That’s What I Call a Singer Various Artists 2
2015 Ultimate Christmas Various Artists 1
2015 Le Jazz de Cabu - Une petite histoire du swing de Louis Armstrong à Miles Davis Various Artists 1
2015 Now That’s What I Call Christmas (2015) Various Artists 1
2015 A Collection of Great Songs for Mum Various Artists 1
2015 A Jazz Christmas Various Artists 1
2015 When Cool Was King Various Artists 1
2015 Super Christmas Hits Various Artists 1
2015 30 Stars: Voices Various Artists 5 1
2015 50s NO1s Various Artists 1
2015 Classic Christmas Various Artists 1
2015 Retrospective: The Music of Mad Men Various Artists 1
2015 Simply Christmas Crooners Various Artists 1
2015 Simply Crooners Various Artists 1
2015 Stars Of: American Songbook Various Artists 1
2015 SWING - 40 songs from the masters of swing Various Artists 1
2015 The Best Of RTL Weihnachtsradio 6 Various Artists 1
2015 The Very Best of the Cole Porter Songbook Various Artists 1
2015 Twistin' the Night Away Various Artists 1
2015 We Were First! 180 Hits in Their Original Versions Various Artists 1
2016 The Album Collection Elvis Presley 4
2016 Ultimate Voices Various Artists 1
2016 Ultimate America Various Artists 1
2016 Die Hit-Giganten: Best of Swing & Jazz Various Artists 1
2016 Vinyl Classics, Vol. 3 Various Artists 1
2016 the Jazz Album Various Artists 1
2016 Jingle all the Way: Classic Christmas Various Artists 2
2016 100 Hits: Wartime Memories Various Artists 1
2016 A Capitol Christmas Various Artists 1
2016 100 Fifties Hits & Greatest No.1 50s Classics – The Very Best Classic Jukebox Songs from the Legends of the 1950s Various Artists 1
2016 100 Hits: Cool Various Artists 1
2016 The Real... Christmas Crooners Various Artists 1
2016 RTL2 Weihnachts-Hits Various Artists 2
2016 Len Goodman’s Crooners & Swooners Various Artists 1
2016 Terry Wogan: A Celebration of Music Various Artists 1
2016 Christmas Nostalgia (The Classic Hits - Remastered 2016) Various Artists 1
2016 Christmas Crooners Various Artists 1
2016 Collected Charles Aznavour 1
2016 Her Greatest Hits! Doris Day 1
2016 Merry Christmas: 40 Pop & Classic Weihnachts-Hits Various Artists 1
2016 NOW That’s What I Call Merry Christmas Various Artists 5
2016 Rat Pack The Rat Pack 1
2016 The Christmas Album Various Artists 1
2017 The Many Faces of Rod Stewart Various Artists 1
2017 The Musicals Album Various Artists 1
2017 Kuschelrock Christmas 2017 Various Artists 2
2017 TSF Jazz 100% Jazz Various Artists 1
2017 Cool Cats & Diamond Dolls Various Artists 1
2017 The Christmas Album 2017 Various Artists 1
2017 Children’s Party Various Artists 1
2017 It's a Magical Christmas Various Artists 1
2018 De Julio 100 Julio Iglesias 1
2018 Fetenhits: The Real Classics - Best of Various Artists 2
2018 Now That's What I Call Easy Various Artists 1
2018 State of the Union: The American Dream in Crisis 1967–1973 Pete Wiggs 1
2018 The Kings and Queens of Swing Various Artists 1
'Cause You Care: Smooth Jazz Collection Various Artists 1
25 Christmas Favorites Various Artists 1
50 Heartbreakers, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
50 Loungin' Ballads Various Artists 1
100 Christmas Songs Various Artists 1
100% Cole Porter - The Greatest Songs of the Legendary Composer Various Artists 1
100% Movie Classics Various Artists 1
876492003368 The Rat Pack 1
A Christmas Collection Various Artists 1
A Gift of Music Various Artists 1
A Merry Affair: Starbucks Swinging Songs of Red Velvet and Mistletoe Kisses Various Artists 1
A Portrait of Tommy Dorsey Tommy Dorsey 1
A Tribute to George Gershwin Various Artists 1
Alive and Kickin': Big Band Sounds at MGM Various Artists 1
Ambient Lounge 4 Various Artists 1
American Songbook Various Artists 1
As Time Goes By Various Artists 1
Back to the Fifties: The Golden Hits Various Artists 1
Bar Jazz Various Artists 1
Beatles Best Covered Various Artists 1
Best of Christmas Various Artists 1
Best Of Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti 1
Big Band Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
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Billboard 40s Various Artists 1
Blues & Black Jazz Various Artists 1
Bonita - Merry Christmas Various Artists 1
Caffé Cappuccino Various Artists 1
Capitol Records 50th Anniversary Sampler Various Artists 1
Chart-Toppers of the Forties Various Artists 1
Christmas - Int. Stars singen Weihnachtslieder Various Artists 1
Christmas 2003 Anthology Various Artists 1
Christmas at Home Various Artists 1
Christmas Cheer Various Artists 1
Christmas Classics Various Artists 1
Christmas Cocktails Various Artists 1
Christmas Crooners Various Artists 1
Christmas Down Under Plus White Christmas Various Artists 1
Christmas Favorites: The Gold Collection Various Artists 1
Christmas Gold Various Artists 1
Christmas Gold Bing Crosby 1
Christmas Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

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