Undoubtedly one of the most influential music artists of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra was born December 1915 in Hoboken New Jersey. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
Beginning in the Swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, he went on to find success as a solo artist, releasing The Voice Of Frank Sinatra in 1946 which went on huge success. However, it wasn’t until he became part of the Rat Pack in Las Vegan in the early ’50s, that he began to really receive the accolade and earn recognition for his work.
Rise To Fame
Frank starred in “From Here To Eternity” in 1953, earning himself an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. And while this forced him back into the spotlight, it wasn’t until he signed to Capitol records that he began to produce his ‘golden era’ of music, containing: 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 in 1966, he recorded one of his most famous collaborations with Tom Jobim, the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1967. His success continued in 1968, thanks to a 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.
Following an illustrious career, Frank SInatra was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983; 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.