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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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Frank Sinatra Was Infatuated With Marilyn Monroe, A New Biography Reveals

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A new Frank Sinatra biography has revealed some interesting details about the crooner’s obsession with Marilyn Monroe and their long, turbulent relationship. New details have come to light suggesting Sinatra was besotted with Monroe and even proposed to her.

Frank Sinatra and Marilyn MonroeFrank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe photographed together in 1962 at Sinatra's house in Nevada.

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'Frank Sinatra' Press Night

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Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday Celebration

Kristen Rae Myers - Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday celebration held at Avalon at avalon - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th May 2015

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Frank Sinatra and Kristen Rae Myers
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Lady Gaga Receive Contemporary Icon Award Songwriters Hall Fame

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Lady GaGa's status as an iconic singer has been confirmed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Hall will present Gaga with the Contemporary Icon Award which is presented to a singer "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture".

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Frank Sinatra HBO Documentary 'All Or Nothing' Celebrates Iconic Singer's 100th Birthday

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As one of the most recognisable voices of the 20th century, much has been written about the colourful life of Frank Sinatra in the years since his death in 1998. But this Sunday night (April 5th ) on HBO, Alex Gibney’s latest documentary All Or Nothing will attempt to provide the most in-depth look yet at both the singer’s career and personal life.

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The Wrecking Crew - Featurette And Clips

Through the 1960s, a collection of Los Angeles musicians worked together in order to support acts like The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra. This group was called The Wrecking Crew, and they created some of the greatest and most influential songs, without receiving any of the credit for it. Beach Boys co-founder, Bryan Wilson, described how they were the most important part of that period in music. A documentary 12 years in the making, sheds some light on some of the unsung heroes of the musical industry in the 1960s.

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Bob Dylan Says Billionaires Should Solve Unemployment

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Bob Dylan has put forward a solution for unemployment in America – let the billionaires sort it out. In an interview with AARP magazine, the discussion turned to the state of the nation’s job market and the prospects for the future.

“The government's not going to create jobs," he said. "It doesn't have to. People have to create jobs, and these big billionaires are the ones who can do it.” The current situation, in his view, is so bad in some inner city areas that there’s an inevitability of people “turning to alcohol and drugs.”

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Bob Dylan, pictured here at London's Royal Albert Hall, releases a new album next month

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Frank Sinatra - Too Marvelous For Words (Live At Royal Festival Hall / 1962)

Frank Sinatra performs a cover of 'Too Marvelous for Words' live at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1962.

Frank Sinatra - A Foggy Day (Live)

Frank Sinatra performs his version of Fred Astaire's 'A Foggy Day' live.

Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow, Woody Allen's Adoptive Daughter, Pens Open Letter Detailing Alleged Sexual Abuse

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Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's adoptive daughter, Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow, has published an open letter detailing the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of Allen.

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Woody Allen adopted two children, Dylan and Moses, with Mia Farrow in addition to their biological son.

Farrow and Allen were in a relationship from 1980 and had one biological child, Ronan 'Satchel' Farrow, together and adopted two children, one of whom is Dylan. The couple separated in 1992 when Farrow discovered Allen was having a relationship with her adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi. During the subsequent custody battle, there were a number of allegations made against Allen relating to alleged abuse of then 7-year-old Dylan. The case was brought to court in September 1993 and a number of rulings dismissed Allen's abuse charges, according to The American Law Library. However, the Connecticut State Attorney Frank Maco, announced that he had "probable cause" to prosecute Allen, he was dropping the case in order to protect Dylan from "the trauma of appearing in court."

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So Robbie Williams Has The 1000th UK No.1 Album, But Who Did It First?

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While one charismatic, sweet-talking solo singer has marked a landmark for British music by recording the country’s 1000th number one, the man who make the mould for such a singer kicked the whole thing off with the UK’s very first.

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Robbie Williams’ big band album Swings Both Ways topped the charts, coincidentally becoming the UK’s 1000th number one album, but it was the king of charm, Frank Sinatra, who had the first number one, with Songs For Swingin' Lovers, in 1956. The connection between the first and the last make for a palpable sense of symmetry between the pair.

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Forget Sinatra, Ronan Farrow Is The Brains Of The Family

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Ronan Farrow may well be Woody Allen's biological son, then again, he could be Frank Sinatra's. In a Vanity Fair interview that probably didn't do Ronan any favors this week, his mother Mia Farrow made the case for old blue eyes being the daddy.

Ronan hasn't seen Woody for years and his likeness to Sinatra is striking, however, it's not wise to use the 25-year-old as the subject of gossip, speculation and celebrity tittle-tattle. This guy is arguably the smartest guy in the family - whether that includes Woody, or Frank - and he's got a big future.

Ronan has been a determined human rights activist since graduating from Bard College at the ripe old age of 15. "I grew up with altruism on display in a pretty intense way," he told Forbes, referring to his 10 adopted siblings, some of whom suffer from severe disability. 

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Frank Sinatra's Widow: Mia Farrow's Paternity Claims Are "Phony"

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Mia Farrow stated her son Ronan Farrow could "possibly" have been fathered by Frank Sinatra. Farrow, who was married to Sinatra from 1966-68, was in a relationship was in a relationship with Woody Allen at the time of her son's birth. In Vanity Fair's November issue, Farrow and her eight children (biological and adopted) discussed their home life and their relationships with their mother's three partners. 

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Mia Farrow claims her son Ronan is "possibly" Frank Sinatra's son.

A DNA test to determine Ronan's paternity has never been undertaken, had Sinatra truly been the father of Ronan, he would have been 73 at the time of his birth. Allen responded "The article is so fictitious and extravagantly absurd that he is not going to comment."

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Susan Boyle To Record 'Duet' With Elvis Presley For Christmas Album

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Susan Boyle has already lived out her life-long ambitions by performing alongside the likes of Elaine Paige and Donny Osmond since she was catapulted to stardom through her performance on Britain's Got Talent, and now the Scottish singer will get to fulfil another life-long ambition by performing with The King himself; Elvis Presley.

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Su-Bo will be achieving a life-long goal by dueting with The King

Su-Bo will release her first Christmas-themed studio album, Home For Christmas, in time for the festive period and has promised no shortage of surprises for the yuletide LP, her fifth album to date. She will become the first British artist to duet with Elvis through the use of studio wizardry on a version of the well-known carol 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful,' the Sunday People first reported this weekend. The self confessed Elvis fanatic admitted to the paper that the singing opportunity is a “dream come true.”

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Date of birth

12th December, 1915

Date of death

14th May, 1998







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