Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th Century. He built his spectacular career in music and film acting. He rose to fame singing big band numbers and in the 40s and 50s had multiple hit singles and albums which are now iconic songs such as “Love and Marriage” and “New York, New York”. He also developed a strong acting career and won an Oscar for his appearance in “From Here to Eternity”. Although sadly Frank Sinatra is no longer alive, his music is kept alive by his adoring fans and will continue to live on for many years.
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on December 12th 1915. He was an only child to his parents Natalina Garaventa and Antonino Martino Sinatra who called him Francis Albert Sinatra which he later shortened to Frank. Sinatra left high school without graduating as he was expelled for misconduct and made his living as a delivery boy at the Jersey Observer Newspaper. However, his passion had always been music and he began singing at the age of 8 for tips at a local nightclub but his professional singing career began when he was a teenager in the 1930s.
Sinatra caught the eye of Harry James, a big band leader who was well known for his trumpet playing skills and it was through Harry that Frank Sinatra recorded his first record “All Or Nothing At All”. Following this Tommy Dorsey asked Sinatra to join his band, this proved very successful and they achieved two years at the top of the charts, despite this Sinatra decided to try a solo career.
This was a smart move for Sinatra. Between 1943 and 1946 he had 17 top 10 singles. During this time he also made his first film appearance in “Higher and Higher” and he won his first Academy Award in “The House I Live In”.
As Sinatra’s musical career developed his voice changed and he began adding a jazzy tone which was widely appreciated. In the 1960s he became a founding member of The “Rat Pack” alongside Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. It was during this time that Sinatra began living like a rock star He was heavily drinking, womanising and gambling and the press made sure that this did not go unnoticed. Despite his bad behaviour it was during this time that Sinatra released his classic hit “My Way” and it could be said that he was still on top of his game.
Throughout his life Sinatra married 4 times. His first wife was Nancy Barbato, his childhood sweetheart and they had three children together. He also married Ava Gardner (an actress), Mia Farrow and Barbara Blakely Marx. His first three marriages ended in divorce but he stayed with Barbara for 20 years until he died in 1996 of a heart attack.
There have been many tributes made to Sinatra over the years but as this year marks 100 years since his birth, the London Palladium will be putting on a show to celebrate. A 24-piece orchestra will be playing some of Sinatra’s biggest hits like “My Way” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and they will be accompanied by 20 dancers to make it both a musical and visual delight. For ticket information go to http://palladium.londontheatres.co.uk/
Blog by Kathleen Shuster
Kathleen Shuster is the Social Media Manager for Education Quizzes.