Albert "Frank" Sinatra was born December 12, 1915, in Hoboken,
New Jersey. The only child of Sicilian immigrant. Between 1943
and 1946, Sinatra's solo career blossomed as the singer charted
17 different Top 10 singles. The mobs of bobby-soxer fans Sinatra
attracted with his dreamy baritone earned him such nicknames as
"The Voice" and "The Sultan of Swoon."
Sinatra's popularity began to slide in the postwar years, leading
to a loss of his recording and film contracts in the early 1950s.
In 1953, he made a triumphant comeback, winning an Oscar for his
portrayal of the Italian-American soldier Maggio in 'From Here
to Eternity'. Sinatra quickly found a vocal outlet when he received
a new recording contract with Capitol Records in the same year.
In his music, the Sinatra of the 1950s brought a more mature sound
with jazzier inflections in his voice.
He went on to play Las Vegas for years as the main attraction at
Caesars Palace. As a founding member of the "Rat Pack," alongside
Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop,
Sinatra came to epitomize the hard-drinking, womanizing, gambling
swinger, an image constantly reinforced by the popular press and
Sinatra's own albums. With his modern edge and timeless class,
not to mention hits like 1968's iconic "My Way," even the radical
youth had to pay Sinatra his due. As Jim Morrison of the Doors
once said, "No one can touch him."
"You only live once, and the way I live, once is enough." ~Frank Sinatra