Frank Sinatra: The Voice of Jazz Music
Frank Sinatra was an American singer and actor who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is often referred to as “The Voice”, “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, or “The Chairman of the Board”. Sinatra’s professional career spans four decades, during which he became known as a pop, big band, and jazz singer.
Early Life and Career
Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was the only child of Italian immigrants Natalie and Anthony Sinatra. His father, a professional boxer and fireman, had little time for his son. As a result, Sinatra was often left to fend for himself. When Sinatra was ten years old, his father gave him a pair of drumsticks and told him he could either use them to become a musician or a boxer. Sinatra chose music and never looked back.
Frank Sinatra is born in Hoboken, New Jersey
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12, 1915. He was the only child of Italian immigrants Natalina “Dolly” Garaventa and Antonino Martino “Marty” Sinatra. Dolly was a feisty woman who ran an illegal abortion business and Marty was a former boxer who worked as a silk screen printer.
Marty had hoped that his son would follow in his footsteps, but Frank had other ideas. When he was eight years old, he started taking singing lessons from a family friend. It wasn’t long before he fell in love with music and decided that he wanted to be a singer when he grew up.
Frank started out singing in local clubs and bars around Hoboken. In 1935, he joined a band called the Hoboken Four and began touring the country. The band was a hit with audiences and Frank quickly became the star attraction.
In 1939, Frank made his first recordings with the band. He also began appearing on radio shows and in films. His career took off and he quickly became one of the most popular entertainers in the world.
During his career, Frank Sinatra recorded over 1,000 songs and released 60 albums. He won nine Grammy Awards, three Oscars, and two Golden Globes. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest entertainers of all time.
Sinatra begins his musical career
Frank Sinatra’s musical career began in the 1930s, when he started singing with a local band in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was soon discovered by a talent scout from Columbia Records, and he made his first recordings with the label in the 1940s. His first hit song, “All or Nothing at All,” was released in 1940.
Sinatra’s career really took off in the mid-1940s, when he started working with the legendary bandleader Tommy Dorsey. He recorded a number of hit songs with Dorsey’s band, including “I’ll Never Smile Again” and “In the Blue of Evening.” He also appeared in a number of films during this period, including “Ship Ahoy” and “Higher and Higher.”
In the 1950s, Sinatra embarked on a solo career and enjoyed enormous success. He recorded a series of classic albums for Capitol Records, including “In the Wee Small Hours” and “Only the Lonely.” He also starred in a number of successful films during this period, including “From Here to Eternity,” “Pal Joey,” and “Guys and Dolls.”
The Voice of Jazz
Frank Sinatra was born on December 12th, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. His father, Marty, was a professional boxer and his mother, Dolly, was involved in illegal gambling and prostitution. Sinatra’s parents divorced when he was nine years old and he was raised by his mother. Sinatra dropped out of high school at the age of sixteen and started working as a professional musician. He started out singing in nightclubs and later joined a big band. Sinatra’s first big break came in 1939 when he was signed by Columbia Records.
Sinatra’s style and influence
Frank Sinatra’s style of singing was influenced by many different things, including his Italian heritage and the music he heard growing up in Hoboken, New Jersey. His unique phrasing and delivery set him apart from other singers of his day, and helped to define the “sound” of American popular music for decades to come. His influence can still be heard in today’s jazz singers.
The Rat Pack
In the early 1960s, a group of entertainers known as “The Rat Pack” rose to prominence in the United States. The Rat Pack was a loose-knit group of friends and colleagues who often appeared together in films and on stage, and who also frequently engaged in hijinks off-camera. The group was led by actor Peter Lawford and included his brother-in-law, John F. Kennedy, as well as singers Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., among others.
The Rat Pack became known for their sophisticated style and for their love of jazz music. Many of their films featured jazz soundtracks, and Sinatra in particular was widely recognized as a voice of the genre. He popularized many standards such as “Fly Me to the Moon” and “My Way,” which have become standards themselves.
Today, the Rat Pack is remembered as one of the most iconic groups in American history, and their influence on popular culture is still felt today. Their legacy continues to be celebrated through reissues of their films and recordings, as well as through tribute concerts and other special events.
Later Years and Legacy
After a string of successful albums and Collaborations, Frank Sinatra’s career began to wane in the early 1970s. He made a comeback in 1973 with “Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back”, but his career was again in a slump. He stopped touring in 1974, due to poor health.
Sinatra’s later years
Entering his sixties, Sinatra’s voice became richer, and he began to take on film roles that cast him as a father figure. His personal life also entered a calmer phase, as he settled down with his third wife, Mia Farrow. He continued to be a political figure and an icon of American popular culture, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1953 for his role in From Here to Eternity. In 1971, he was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
Frank Sinatra’s recorded legacy includes sixty studio albums, twelve live albums, twenty-four compilation albums, and a higher number of individual singles. This total does not include his multitude of guest appearances on other artists’ records or his work with film soundtracks. In addition to his Grammy Awards (eighteen competitive awards and two special awards), he won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for From Here to Eternity, as well as the Irving Thalberg Award in 1971. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997.
Among Sinatra’s many nicknames are “The Sultan of Swing”, “Chairman of the Board”, “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, “The Voice”, and “Come Fly with Me”. Sinatra’s influential career has led many artists to credit him with being one of the main reasons that they began singing or playing music altogether. His style has been emulated by numerous vocalists since.