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Frank Sinatra Was Born On This Day in 1915

Frank Sinatra Was Born On This Day in 1915

When Francis Albert Sinatra was born on this day in 1915, little did he know what he would do in the entertainment world. Singer, actor, record label owner, sometimes comedian…it seemed like Frank Sinatra could do it all.

Looking at the life of Frank Sinatra would take much more than the space available here. Still, he left the world with a plethora of songs that stand the test of time. Young at Heart, I Get A Kick Out of You, My Way, Fly Me to the Moon, Guys and Dolls, That’s Life… The list goes on.

Sinatra’s influence on popular music goes deep. If anyone looks at the list of performers singing along with him on his Duets album, then it might paint a better picture. Yet for a young Sinatra, singers like Bing Crosby were getting his ear. When Frank Sinatra started singing in public, young girls, or “bobby soxers” as they were known, would scream at the sight of him.

Frank Sinatra Formed His Own Record Label

Musically, it’s estimated that Frank Sinatra sold more than 150 million records. Capitol Records helped him get established with a number of albums. But Sinatra would bolt and form his own label, Reprise Records, in 1960. He even re-recorded some of his old Capitol hits for his Reprise Records.

Sinatra in concert was an electric event. Especially if his “Rat Pack” buddies Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin would show up. (Go out on YouTube and look up videos taken of them at the Sands Hotel in 1960). Put Frank Sinatra in front of a swinging band or orchestra and it pretty much was a must-see live event.

He also made good use of television from its “Golden Age” through the 1980s. Frank Sinatra had his own TV show at one time, then made a series of stellar specials for NBC in the 1960s. Nelson Riddle and Don Costa were two of Sinatra’s main bandleaders in his career.

Sinatra Won Academy Award For ‘From Here to Eternity’

What about Sinatra the actor? He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity in 1953. That was part of his career comeback after hitting a low water mark in the early 1950s. Sinatra could play pretty heavy roles, like in The Manchurian Candidate and The Man with the Golden Arm. Musicals are part of his resume, including Pal Joey, Guys and Dolls, and On the Town. It’s worth your time to check out Sinatra and Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh.

Yes, Sinatra was reportedly involved with numerous actresses in his life. He was married four times and had three children, Nancy, Frank Jr., and Tina. Sinatra died on May 14, 1998, in Los Angeles. While he’s not around anymore, “The Voice” remains a part of many people’s lives.

Here’s to you, Chairman of the Board.