Biography of Frank Sinatra (1915-1998)

Singer and actor born in Hoboken (New Jersey, United States) on December 12, 1915 and died in Los Angeles on May 14, 1998. His full name was Francis Albert Sinatra.

Frank Sinatra.

He was born in a family of lower middle class, with a boxer father and a strong-willed mother. Already at school he showed his talent as a singer. With just twenty years, after leaving his studies, decided to dedicate himself to music, although I had to toggle this trade with others - would work as a journalist, radio host, waiter. In 1939, he married Nancy Barbato, time in which joined part of the Orchestra of the trumpeter Harry James, which went on a tour and recorded his first album (in collecting among others, "All or nothing at all"). In the 1940s he joined the band of Tommy Dorsey, where he developed a style based on swing and dance music of the time, and recorded nearly one hundred pieces with the prestigious big-band. With a growing reputation for large log interpreter, he recorded solo for the first time in the year 1942, and left Tommy Dorsey the next year. In these years he had another opportunity to work in the cinema, several short films, and it was when they began to call him "the voice".

In 1943, he was signed by Columbia, label whose catalogue recorded more than two hundred and fifty songs, until in 1953 he changed his label, and went on to join the Repertoire of artists from the Capitol. Passing through Columbia would mean for Sinatra its establishment as the most popular American singer of post-war, above talents of his close friend Tony Benett, another of the figures of the period. For the first time before Rock and Roll, a singer awakens passions among their fans who react so hysterical in most of their live performances. While it enjoyed a great fame, seal change emerged as the shock necessary for a career threatened by stagnation in a style, which revitalized his career and obtained the number one with "Young At Heart" (1954).

However, the beginning of the 1950s coincided with some family problems that ended, given his many romances, the separation of marriage to Nancy. In addition, there was great tension between Louis B. Mayer and Sinatra in dealing with new film projects, while other studies appeared to reject him. His marriage to Ava Gardner placed you in a secondary role, which would be the role of Angelo Maggio, who played in from here to eternity (1953), which will get an Oscar to the best supporting Actor (three years later was nominated for her excellent role in the man with the golden arm). In its musical aspect, from this same year, he published a series of 10 inch with eight themes of great success, beginning with "Songs For Young Lovers". Despite being a period of change, with the birth of the revolutionary Rock and Roll, Sinatra recorded profusely. His biggest success in those years was "Witchcraft" (1958).

In 1961, he created his own record label, Reprise Records, one of the first record companies created by an artist of popular music, which would count in their ranks with names like Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Trini López and Dean Martin, and opened its doors to artists of all genres and styles, not just those from the standard music or jazz. In 1963, he made one expected foray into jazz, recording a couple of albums with Count Basie and later working with Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Soon after, he collaborated in a Bossa Nova album with Antonio Carlos Jobim, in 1967.

In the mid-1960s, a prolific and versatile Sinatra also obtained success in the Pop, when it presented a Duet with his daughter Nancy-"Something Stupid"-, a number one in the lists of the year 1967, a classic theme in his career, which has enjoyed a greater number of versions since then.

His film career seemed to have no rest, although the success was relative. After her divorce with Ava Gardner in 1957, their romances returned to place it on the crest of the wave until they married in 1966 to Mia Farrow. While he managed to form a good group with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford, good friends all of them known as "clan" or the "Pack Rats". His films were mere diversions unpretentious (sergeants three, four guys from Texas, etc.) that were just business at the box office.

In the 1970s, working as fixed in the shows of Las Vegas star, released a live album, "The Main Event", and another study, called "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back", with a loyal audience that always just taking your edits best seller. His film career has just a couple of titles, followed by small appearances in two separate works in the 1980s. In 1976 he married Barbara Blakley, widow of Zeppo Marx, that will be the rest of his life.

Musically, began with "Trilogy", an ambitious triple album, 1980s to launch after a couple of works until 1984. His subsequent career has been plagued by collections and, throughout the 1990s, despite his delicate state of health, two albums of duets have been edited. "Duets", in 1993, features collaborations with Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Bono (of U2), Kenny g., Gloria Estefan, Tony Benett, Natalie Cole, Liza Minnelli, Julio Iglesias, Luther Vandross or Carly Simon, all a living homage to the great Sinatra.

Although he commented that you need a screen to remember the lyrics of the songs that had been singing for years, Frank Sinatra continued putting all his soul to sing. "Duets II" released in 1994, after the success that reap the first installment, with Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett and Jon Secada, among others, accompanied by "The voice". The following year, 1995, saw the eighty birthday of genius, with a great party in public and countless international figures present paying tribute.

Until his death, Frank Sinatra remained the point of musical reference for several generations. Behind it, the legend, the myth, not only does not disappear, but it is increasing, and that admired Idol around the world starting a new life from their songs.


Short films: 1935: Major Bowe completo amateur theatre of the air. 1941: Las Vegas night. 1942: Ship ahoy! 1943: Show business at war. 1944: Road to victory; The shining future. 1945: The all-star Bond Rally; Special Christmas trailer; The house i live in. 1948: Lucky Strike salesman's movie 48 - a. 1959: Invitation to Monte Carlo. 1962: Sinatra in Israel. 1965: Will Rogers Hospital trailer.

Feature films: 1943: the song of the dawn; Higher and Higher. 1944: Step lively. 1945: Anchors Aweigh. 1946: Till the clouds roll by. 1947: It happened in Brooklyn. 1948: The miracle of the bells; Words and music; The kissing bandit. 1949: Take me out to the ball game; A day in New York. 1951: Meet Danny Wilson; Mister dollar. 1953: From here to eternity. 1954: Always you and I; Suddenly.1955: The Bachelor and love; You won't be a stranger; Them; The man with the golden arm. 1956: viva Las Vegas; High society; Johnny coward; Around the world in 80 days. 1957: Pride and passion; PAL Joey; The mask of pain. 1958: Ashes in the Sun; Like a torrent. 1959: When boiling the blood; Millionaire's illusions. 1960: The eleven gang; Can-can; Pepe.1961: Three sergeants; The devil at four o'clock; Two frescoes in orbit; The Messenger of the miedo.1963: the last of the list; Four guys from Texas; Gallardo and the skull. 1964: Four gangsters of Chicago; Meeting in Paris. 1965: The Colonel Von Ryan; All were brave; The American divorce. 1966: the Oscar; Assault to the Queen Mary; The shadow of a giant. 1967: Trapped; Caesar. 1968: The woman of cement; The detective. 1970: Duel of crooks. 1974: Once upon a time in Hollywood (Narrator only). 1980: The first deadly without. 1984: Los locos Cannonball II. 1988: who framed Roger Rabbit? 1990: Listen up.