Frank Sinatra

Singer + Actor
Born Dec 12, 1915

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer and film actor. Beginning his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra became an unprecedentedly successful solo artist in the early to mid-1940s, after being signed to Columbia Records in 1943. Being the idol of the "bobby soxers", he released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra in 1946.… Read More

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1915 Birth Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey, the only child of Italian immigrants Natalina Garaventa and Antonino Martino Sinatra, and was raised in the Roman Catholic religion. … Read More


1935 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Sinatra got his first break in 1935 when his mother persuaded a local singing group, The Three Flashes, to let him join. … Read More


On March 18, 1939, Sinatra made a demo recording of a song called "Our Love", with the Frank Mane band. … Read More
1940 24 Years Old On January 26, 1940, Sinatra made his first public appearance with the Dorsey band at the Coronado Theater in Rockford, Illinois. … Read More
Sinatra's relationship with Tommy Dorsey was troubled, because of their contract, which awarded Dorsey one-third of Sinatra's lifetime earnings in the entertainment industry. In January 1942, Sinatra recorded his first solo sessions without the Dorsey band (but with Dorsey's arranger Axel Stordahl and with Dorsey's approval). … Read More
When the recording was re–released in 1943 with Sinatra's name prominently displayed, the record was on the best–selling list for 18 weeks and reached number 2 on June 2, 1943.


1946 30 Years Old Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, this film on tolerance and racial equality earned a special Academy Award shared among Sinatra and those who brought the film to the screen, along with a special Golden Globe for "Promoting Good Will". 1946 saw the release of his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, and the debut of his own weekly radio show.
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By the end of 1948, Sinatra felt that his career was stalling, something that was confirmed when he slipped to No. 4 on Down Beats annual poll of most popular singers (behind Billy Eckstine, Frankie Laine, and Bing Crosby). … Read More
1949 33 Years Old Starting in September 1949, the BBD&O advertising agency produced a radio series starring Sinatra for its client Lucky Strike called "Light Up Time" – some 176 15-minute shows which featured Frank and Dorothy Kirsten singing – which lasted through to May 1950.
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After two years' absence, Sinatra returned to the concert stage on January 12, 1950, in Hartford, Connecticut. … Read More
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In 1953, Sinatra starred in the NBC radio program Rocky Fortune. … Read More


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…  On January 27, 1961, Sinatra played a benefit show at Carnegie Hall for Martin Luther King, Jr. and led his fellow Rat Pack members and Reprise label mates in boycotting hotels and casinos that refused entry to black patrons and performers. … Read More
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In 1962, he starred with Janet Leigh and Laurence Harvey in the political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate, playing Bennett Marco. … Read More
1965 49 Years Old In June 1965, Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin played live in St. Louis to benefit Dismas House, a prisoner rehabilitation and training center with nationwide programs that in particular helped serve African Americans. The Rat Pack concert was broadcast live via satellite to numerous movie theaters across America. Released in August 1965 was the Grammy Award–winning album of the year, September of My Years, containing the single "It Was a Very Good Year", which won the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male in 1966.


1966 50 Years Old A career anthology, A Man and His Music, followed in November, winning Album of the Year at the Grammys in 1966. … Read More
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…  In 1967, he recorded one of his most famous collaborations with Tom Jobim, the album "Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim" which was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. … Read More
1970 - 1971 2 More Events
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…  In July 1972, after a lifetime of supporting Democratic presidential candidates, Sinatra announced he could not support the left-ward turn of the party and its candidate, George McGovern, and would therefore support Republican U.S. President Richard Nixon for re-election in the 1972 presidential election. … Read More
1973 57 Years Old In 1973, Sinatra came out of his short-lived retirement with a television special and album, both entitled Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back. … Read More
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In January 1974, Sinatra returned to Las Vegas, performing at Caesars Palace despite vowing in 1970 never to play there again after the manager of the resort, Sanford Waterman, pulled a gun on him during a heated argument. … Read More


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…  He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. … Read More
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In 1984, Sinatra worked with Quincy Jones for the first time in nearly two decades on the album, L.A. Is My Lady, which was well received critically. … Read More
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In 1990 Sinatra was awarded the second "Ella Award" by the Los Angeles-based Society of Singers, and performed for a final time with Ella Fitzgerald at the award ceremony.
1993 77 Years Old In 1993, Sinatra returned to Capitol Records and the recording studio for Duets. … Read More
At times during concerts his memory failed him and a fall onstage in Richmond, Virginia, in March 1994, signaled further problems.
1995 79 Years Old In 1995, to mark Sinatra's 80th birthday, the Empire State Building glowed blue. … Read More
1997 81 Years Old 1 More Event
In recognition of his many years of association with Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra was elected to the Gaming Hall of Fame in 1997. … Read More
The FBI's secret dossier on Sinatra was released in 1998 in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.
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