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Frank Sinatra (born Francis Albert Sinatra, 12.12.1915, died 14.5.1998) Frank Sinatra was an American singer and actor, famous for being a part of the 'Rat Pack'.

Childhood: Frank Sinatra was born to Natalie Della and Anthony Sinatra, in Hoboken, New Jersey. His mother, known as Dolly, ran an illegal abortion business and was twice arrested for it. His father served with the Hoboken Fire Department.

As a teen, Sinatra worked as a delivery boy at the Jersey Observer newspaper. He also had a job as a riveter at the Tietjan and Lang shipyard. In the early 1930s, Frank Sinatra began singing in public.

Music and Movie Career: Frank Sinatra's break came in 1935, when his mother persuaded him to sing with The Three Flashes. When Sinatra joined, they became known as The Hoboken Four. They impressed Edward Bowes enough for him to let them appear on his show Major Bowes Amateur Hour.

In July 1939, Sinatra released his first record, 'From the Bottom of My Heart'. It sold less than 8,000 and is now a sought-after collectors' item. Sinatra then joined Tommy Dorsey's band, one of the most popular bands of the time. His first appearance with the band came in January 1940, at the Coronado Theater in Rockford. The contract that Sinatra signed with Dorsey allowed Dorsey one third of Sinatra's earnings for the whole of Sinatra's career, rendering their relationship a tenuous one. MCA records eventually bought Sinatra out of the contract.

Sinatra's first solo sessions without the Dorsey band were released on the Bluebird label in 1942.

Sinatra's first film appearance came in 1940 with the release of Las Vegas Nights.

During the 1942-3 musicians' recording strike, Frank Sinatra signed a deal with Columbia Records. He eventually recorded a session with Alec Wilder and seven of the tracks became hits.

In 1945, Frank Sinatra went on to co-star with Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh. The following year, he released his debut solo album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra. He retained his popularity for some time but by the end of 1948, Sinatra had slipped down Down Beat's annual poll of popular singers, behind Billy Eckstine, Frankie Lane and Bing Crosby. The following year, he teamed up with Gene Kelly twice more, in Take Me Out to the Ball Game and On the Town.

Frank Sinatra took a two-year break from performing. When he returned in 1950, he suffered from a hemorrhaging of his vocal cords at the Copacabana. However, the following year, he made his Las Vegas debut, at the Desert Inn.

His career enjoyed something of a rebirth in 1953 when he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here To Eternity. The film also starred Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Cliff and Deborah Kerr. Throughout the 1950s, Sinatra worked with arrangers such as Billy May, Gordon Jenkins and Nelson Riddle, on some his most popular albums, Frank Sinatra Sings For Only the Lonely, Songs For Swingin' Lovers and Come Fly With Me. Sinatra was vocally critical of rock and roll in the 1950s. He was notable for his criticism of Elvis Presley, though he would later go on to record covers of songs made famous by Elvis, as well as the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.

Sinatra started the 1960s well, with the album Nice 'n' Easy topping the US album charts. He formed his own label, Reprise, and released their first album Ring-A-Ding-Ding. He also starred in Ocean's 11, the definitive movie moment for The Rat Pack (in this case: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Frank Sinatra). The film was later re-made with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.

Sinatra also starred in The Manchurian Candidate, along with Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh. Quincy Jones (who later worked extensively with Michael Jackson) arranged the album It Might As Well Be Swing for Sinatra.

In 1967, 'Something Stupid', a duet between Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy Sinatra went to the top of the US Billboard charts. Later that year, he collaborated on Francis A. & Edward K. with Duke Ellington. Paul Anka wrote the song 'My Way' with Sinatra in mind and it became one of his signature tunes.

Despite having announced his retirement in 1971, Sinatra came out of retirement in 1973 to record Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back, an album and accompanying TV special.

1980 saw Sinatra release Trilogy: Past Present Future, a highly ambitious triple album, which was nominated for six Grammy awards. This was followed by She Shot Me Down: another success for the singer.

Sinatra's 75th birthday came in 1990. He celebrated with a national tour and performed with Ella Fitzgerald for the final time when he was awarded the 'Ella Award'. At the 1994 Grammy Awards, Bono of U2 presented him with his Legend Award.

To mark Sinatra's 80th birthday, the Empire State Building glowed blue.

Personal Life: Frank Sinatra married Nancy Barbato in 1939. They divorced in 1951. They had three children together, Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina.

He was married to Ava Gardner between 1951 and 1957. He then married Mia Farrow in 1966. They split two years later. His final wife was Barbara Marx, to whom he was still married at the time of his death.

Death: Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Mourners at his funeral included Liza Minnelli, Tony Curtis, Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson.



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Rebel Wilson Making West End Debut In Guys & Dolls


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The Pitch Perfect actress will replace Samantha Spiro in the leading role of nightclub performer Miss Adelaide, the fiancee of gambler Nathan Detroit, for a limited run between 28 June and 21 August (16).

"Proud to announce that I will be joining the West End cast of GUYS & DOLLS for 8 weeks only at the Phoenix Theatre, playing Miss Adelaide!" Rebel announced on Twitter on Tuesday (24May16). "So excited to be making my West End debut in this classic musical."

She had previously teased that she had some big news to share with fans on Sunday, tweeting, "I have some exciting news to announce next week for all my British fans x (and those who can get their a**es to London!)"

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Julio Iglesias: 'I Can't Understand Life Without Music'


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The 72-year-old singer has been in the music business since his twenties, and has a huge number of accolades to his name including two Guinness World Book of Records for selling the largest number of records in most languages.

His last album, Mexico, was equally successful and Julio continues to reign as one of the most loved singers of his generation.

As well as his singing career, Julio has penned numerous tracks, but don't ask him to choose which one is his favourite.

Continue reading: Julio Iglesias: 'I Can't Understand Life Without Music'

Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies Of A Heart Attack At The Age Of 72


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Frank Sinatra Jr., the son of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a successful artist in his own right, has died of a heart attack on tour at the age of 72.

In a statement released by the Sinatra family, the crooner, who was the son of Frank and his first wife Nancy, suffered a cardiac arrest just hours before he was due to take to the stage and perform at Daytona, Florida on Wednesday night (March 16th).

Although his father discouraged him pursuing a career in the music business because of the immense challenges involved, Sinatra Jr. followed in his footsteps and began his career as a teenager, later becoming his father’s band conductor and musical director.

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Jazz Roots: Frank Sinatra Jr. Sings Sinatra, A Multimedia Centennial Celebration

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Frank Sinatra, Jr. Performing Live At Bergen Performing Arts Center

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Tony Bennett Leads Heartfelt Tributes To Frank Sinatra Jr.


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The bandleader son of legendary singer Frank Sinatra died unexpectedly on Wednesday (16Mar16) aged 72 after suffering a heart attack while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Family Guy creator Seth was quick to remember Sinatra Jr., who he worked with on the animated sitcom. He wrote on his Twitter.com page: "Frank Sinatra, Jr. was a friend to Family Guy, and a friend to me. I'm saddened at his passing, but grateful to have known him. RIP, Frank."

Sinatra Jr. was the son of Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy, and the brother of singer and actress Nancy Sinatra and TV producer Tina Sinatra.

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Frank Sinatra, Jr. Dead After Massive Heart Attack


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Sinatra, Jr. died unexpectedly on Wednesday (16Mar16) after suffering a heart attack while on tour in Florida.

Members of his famous family have confirmed the sad news.

Crooner Frank's son had a colourful life - he was kidnapped and held for ransom when he was 19 in 1963, but he escaped his captors and was found walking the streets of Bel Air, Los Angeles. His kidnappers were later convicted.

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Jazz Roots: Frank Sinatra Jr. Sings Sinatra, A Multimedia Centennial Celebration

Frank Sinatra Jr. - Jazz Roots: Frank Sinatra Jr. Sings Sinatra, a Multimedia Centennial Celebration at the Knight Concert Hall within the Adrienne Arsht Center at Adrienne Arsht Center Knight Hall - Miami, Florida, United States - Friday 11th March 2016

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Jennifer Lopez:'I Just Get Better And Better'


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The 45-year-old American Idol judge who recently re-signed with her original record label, Epic, admits that she no longer worries about her place in the world of showbiz.

Lopez's return to Epic means reuniting with longtime friend and mentor L.a. Reid, and she now has a wealth of industry and life experience into new music compared to when she was first starting out as a dancer on a TV show turned pop star.

"When you first start in this business, you think, 'This is going to run out' or 'It's going to finish at a certain time' or 'If I reach a certain age I won't be relevant'", the mother of two explained.

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Publicist Murray Weissman Dies At 90


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The veteran Hollywood publicist and awards show consultant passed away on Monday (29Dec15) at his home in Los Angeles, according to Variety.com.

Weissman began his career as a publicity executive with ABC and CBS television networks and also spent 10 years as chief of the motion picture publicity department for Universal Pictures.

In 1981, he founded his own marketing and publicity company and went on to form Weissman/Markovitz Communications with his son-in-law Rick Markovitz in 2006. Weissman worked on campaigns for TV shows and movies including Transparent, American Horror Story, Breaking Bad and The Big Short.

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Lady Gaga Dresses As Frank Sinatra For Tribute Show


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The Bad Romance star slicked back her hair to complete her masculine look for her performance at the Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert in Las Vegas on Wednesday (02Dec15).

Lady GaGa gave a rendition of Sinatra's ode to her hometown, New York, New York, during the star-studded gala show, which was held at the Wynn Las Vegas Encore Theater and hosted by funnyman Seth MACFarlane.

Usher kicked off the show with a performance of That's Life, and other stars who took to the stage included Las Vegas regular Celine Dion, who sang All the Way, and Alicia Keys, who belted out I've Got a Crush on You.

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Harry Connick, Jr. Starstruck After Meeting Frank Sinatra


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The Independence Day star froze when he saw Sinatra sitting in the front row at his 75th birthday tribute show in 1990, and stumbled over song lyrics.

"I didn't plan on actually meeting him, but I went onstage, and there was some of the greatest singers in the world at this event," he told late night host James Corden on Tuesday (17Nov15). "In fact Ella Fitzgerald was sitting backstage by herself and she was kind of rocking back and forth and I went up to her and I said, Ms. Fitzgerald, are you OK?' and she goes, 'Oh yes, I'm terribly nervous.' I'm thinking, 'You (sic) nervous!' So I sang my song, but I completely forgot the words because he was sitting (right in the front)."

Connick, Jr. caught up with Sinatra as he was leaving and attempted to explain himself, so the birthday boy would not think he was a hack, but the veteran crooner's response was not what he thought it would be.

Continue reading: Harry Connick, Jr. Starstruck After Meeting Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra, Jr. Performing Live At Bergen Performing Arts Center

Frank Sinatra JR. - Frank Sinatra, Jr. performing live at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood at Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, New Jersey, United States - Friday 13th November 2015

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Frank Sinatra 'Narrates' His Own Biopic


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Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All is "the definitive account of the life, music and career" of the late singer, told in his own words through "extensive archive interviews" and commentary from those closest to him.

The film features rarely seen footage of Sinatra's 1971 Retirement Concert in Los Angeles.

Director Alex Gibney, the man behind hit documentaries Steve Jobs: The Man in the MAChine, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, tells WENN the film's narrative is shaped by Sinatra's song choices for that concert, which he interprets as the singer's "personal guide through his own life".

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Frank Sinatra

Date of birth

12th December, 1915

Date of death

14th May, 1998

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.72






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