Born December 12 th 1915, Frank Sinatra was born to an Italian mother and a Sicilian father. His early interest was in sports writing, but after becoming a fan of Bing Crosby, he decided to form a singing quartet, the Hoboken Four. After the quartet broke up, Sinatra continued to do some amateur singing, and was given a job as a singing waiter.
In 1939 Frank joined the Harry James Band. He also recorded his first record in the same year, recording ‘From the Bottom of my Heart’ and ‘Melancholy Mood’. By the 1940s he had become a heartthrob sensation. 1941 saw him debut in his first movie, ‘Las Vegas Nights’. He then went on to star in other musical acting roles, such as ‘Anchors Aweigh’ and ‘On the Town’.
After this, Frank suffered some major vocal problems from illness, but after some time away, made a comeback by offering to take on a movie role for just $8000 instead of the original $150,000 fee. The movie was ‘From Here to Eternity’ and Sinatra won a best supporting actor Oscar for it. Other movie successes followed, with hits such as ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘High Society’, and ‘Pal Joey’.One of the famous group known as the ‘Rat Pack’, Sinatra gained a reputation as a lovable and skilled actor, but his main love and calling was always his music. He sang his way through life, going from singing heartthrob to world-famous crooner. He passed away on May 14th 1998.
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