Frank Sinatra

Born 12 December 1915. Died 14 May 1998.
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Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and film actor. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943. Being the idol of the "bobby soxers", he released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra in 1946. His professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, but it was reborn in 1953 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity. He signed with Capitol Records in 1953 and released several critically lauded albums (such as In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin' Lovers!, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely and Nice 'n' Easy). Sinatra left Capitol to found his own record label, Reprise Records in 1961 (finding success with albums such as Ring-a-Ding-Ding!, Sinatra at the Sands and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim), toured internationally, was a founding member of the Rat Pack and fraternized with celebrities and statesmen, including John F. Kennedy.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love

    Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love 2009

    Reviewed by Michael Quinn
    Still the most sublime sound America has yet produced.
  2. Review of Nothing But The Best

    Nothing But The Best 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    A warm and generous introduction to the man known as the Chairman of the Board
  3. Review of The Platinum Collection

    The Platinum Collection 2004

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The weary nightclub singer, the electrifying interpreter, the sensitive or spurned...