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.
Lady Gaga will be honoured by the Songwriters Hall of Fame when she receives their Contemporary Icon Award in a ceremony on 19th June.
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".
Lady Gaga will receive the Contemporary Icon Award.
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Directed by ‘Going Clear’s’ Alex Gibney, ‘All Or Nothing’ is a sympathetic look at Sinatra’s life through his music.
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.
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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Dylan claims that it's the responsibility of society's wealthy, not the government, to provide jobs and opportunity for people.
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.”
Bob Dylan, pictured here at London's Royal Albert Hall, releases a new album next month
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Woody Allen's adoptive daughter, Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow, has penned an open letter in which she details the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her father.
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."
The UK albums charts is book-ended by two super solo talents.
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.
Robbie Williams Is No.1 On The Albums Chart
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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Ronan Farrow has a bright future.
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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Mia Farrow claims her son, Ronan Farrow, may "possibly" have been fathered by the late Frank Sinatra.
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.
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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Former 'Britain's Got Talent' finalist Susan Boyle is teaming up with the King of Rock 'n' Roll for a version of 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful'
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.
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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Fox has finally secured the rights to the Guys and Dolls remake, probably to the dismay of Harvey Weinstein.
20th Century Fox has landed the movie rights to Guys and Dolls, the classic movie starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando itself based on a successful musical, and will start the process of a remake potentially starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum, according to Deadline.com. A writer and director is yet to be announced, though Fox are keen to pin down its lead stars first.
The remake of the movie is big news in Hollywood, especially among acting circles, where the lead roles are considered the most sought after in the business. A few years it, Harvey Weinstein was close to getting the rights to the movie, with Chicago producers Craig Zadan and Neil Moron producing. Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and even Vin Diesel tossed their hats into the ring for the movie, though the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser didn't find the deal to her liking and declined to sign over the rights.
Now, she appears pretty happy for Fox to take on the story about rogue gamblers and gangsters in the 1920s and 1930s. Nathan Sinatra (Sinatra's role) has a town full of captive gamblers and wants to set up a floating crap game but requires the funds to do it. He bets his friend Sky Masterson (Brando) that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana. The role of the love interest will no doubt be the subject of a competitive casting process featuring many of Hollywood's top actresses.
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Courtney Love doesn’t have much of a track record when it comes to cover versions. With her band Hole, she would often play a version of Guns N Roses’ ‘Paradise City’ that she would abandon half way through. Same goes for Depeche Mode’s ‘Hungry Like A Wolf,’ though the band did release a brilliant cover of Velvet Underground’s ‘Pale Blue Eyes,’ it has to be said.
When we heard that Courtney Love covered Jay Z’s ’99 Problems,’ though, we feared for the worst. And, sadly, our fears were confirmed. “This either sucks or it’s genius, I don’t know,” she said as she introduced the song at her impromptu Sundance Film Festival set.
Since 1973, the Grammys have been inducting particular recordings that have stood the test of time into their hall of fame. The list doesn't only include music and one of the most famous hall of famers in there is Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech. The institution have just released a few of the artists and tracks that will be included in the hall of fame for 2013 on their home website.
Included in the list are James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, Little Richard, Paul McCartney & The Wings, and Billy Joel. Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the Recording Academy spoke of next year's importance. "With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," he said. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history."
There are a couple of tracks in this years list of 27 entrants that are surprising, if only that it's take 40 years for them to make the cut. Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York' will be in the hall of fame as of next year, though surely its iconographic status had already more proven its worth. AC/DC's 'Back in Black' also appears in the list. Perhaps to pay tribute to a great figure in music, Whitney Houston's self titled album will also be inducted, marking the further great achievements and talents from all over the world, and rounding off a great 40 years of the Grammy hall of fame.