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Frank Sinatra Biography Summary: Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) was famous for being one of the most influential and popular musical artists of the 20th century.

Frank Sinatra had a wonderful career in music and films. He married the first time when he was twenty four years old to Nancy Barbato, they were married for twelve years and together had three children, Nancy, Frank Jr and Tina. He later married Ava Gardner, Mia Farrow and finally Barbara Marx. He was alleged to have had affairs with Marilyn Maxwell, Joi Lansing and Lana Turner.

Sinatra’s ties to the Mafia were tenuous, he was friendly with certain men over time, they mixed in the same casinos and hotels. Sinatra was also friends with President John F. Kennedy and later would be friends with Ronald Reagan. A lot of these men were also keen golfers, a particular favourite pastime of Sinatra’s.

Frank Sinatra Fact Sheet: Who was Frank Sinatra? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Frank Sinatra.

Frank Sinatra Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1915 - 1998 *** Full Name: Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra *** Nickname: Ol’ Blue Eyes *** Occupation: America Singer, Actor and Producer *** Date of Birth: Frank Sinatra was born on December 12th 1915 *** Place of Birth: Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Antonino Martino “Marty” Sinatra and his mother was Natalina “Dolly” Garaventa. His parents were Italian immigrants. His father boxed for a living and later worked for the local Fire Department and his mother worked as a midwife and they would also own a tavern where a young Frank would sing *** Early life and childhood: He grew up an only child and there is some suggestion that he was physically abused by his mother. His birth had been a very difficult one and he was injured as a result of the use of forceps *** Education: Frank Sinatra attended David E Rue Jr High School followed by A.J. Demarest High School ***

Frank Sinatra Fact 1: Frank Sinatra was born on December 12th 1915.

Frank Sinatra Fact 2: From an early age Frank developed a great interest in big band jazz in particular. For his fifteenth birthday he was given a ukulele and would go on to perform at family functions.

Frank Sinatra Fact 3: Having dropped out of Drake Business School his mother found him work at the Jersey Observer newspaper where he delivered papers and following that at the Tietjen and Lang Shipyard as a riveter. He began singing in social clubs such as the The Comedy Club and The Cat’s Meow and in New York he sang for his dinner or cigarettes.

Frank Sinatra Fact 4: John Quinlan was a vocal coach who gave Sinatra elocution lessons and who Sinatra would pay a dollar. It was Quinlan who first noticed Sinatra's vocal range and how impressive it was.

Frank Sinatra Fact 5: As a teenager Sinatra began singing professionally and although he learned music by ear he would never learn to read music.

Frank Sinatra Fact 6: Having started off in a small time band, Harry James Band, nothing significant was happening and in 1939 when the lead singer of the Tommy Dorsey bank left, Frank would replace him.

Frank Sinatra Fact 7: Tommy Dorsey took him under his wing and Frank saw him as a father figure and mimicked him. With Tommy he recorded over forty songs.

Frank Sinatra Fact 8: With his grow popularity and confidence Sinatra pressed Dorsey to let him record some tracks as a solo and he finally agreed. Once he heard himself back he became convinced he needed to go solo. His contract with Dorsey was a problem, Dorsey had forty three percent of Sinatra's lifetime earnings and with no other choice, Sinatra took him to court.

Frank Sinatra Fact 9: He made his first big appearance at the Paramount Theatre in New York. He was signed for four weeks and after that for another four weeks.

Frank Sinatra Fact 10: In 1943 Columbia Records signed him and his success grew.

Frank Sinatra Fact 11: In 1943 he was called up for active service but failed the medical because of his perforated eardrum. He would however towards the end of the war as part of the USO tours entertain the troops touring with Phil Silvers.

Frank Sinatra Fact 12: Sinatra’s career from mid-1940’s to early 1950’s was on a high, he was performing on the radio, live singing performances as well as making movies.

Frank Sinatra Fact 13: However by the early fifties his career went into a decline as a result of Sinatra's publicist George Evans dieing of a heart attack and his marriage hit the rocks when his affair with Ava Gardner became public.

Frank Sinatra Fact 14: He also was having financial difficulties after his divorce and Hollywood turned him away.

Frank Sinatra Fact 15: He decided then to try his luck in Las Vegas and began performing at the Desert Inn and the Riverside Hotel in Reno. However he still struggled to draw decent crowds.

Frank Sinatra Fact 16: In 1953 the release of From Here to Eternity would put Sinatra’s career back on track.

Frank Sinatra Fact 17: Sinatra’s career over the next decade went from strength to strength and from hit album to hit album with increasing use of the big band sound.

Frank Sinatra Fact 18: For his fiftieth birthday he performed with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. in St Louis and they began being called the Rat Pack.

Frank Sinatra Fact 19: During the 1960’s he released singles That’s Life and Strangers in the Night and culminated in 1968 of his recording My Way, written by Paul Anka.

Frank Sinatra Fact 20: After a brief retirement he made a return to performing and recording and embarked on a world tour of the U.S. Europe, Australia and the Far East.

Frank Sinatra Fact 21: Although his vocals were not what they used to be, in 1982 he signed a three year deal with the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas for sixteen million dollars.

Frank Sinatra Fact 22: Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra died on May 14 1998 of a severe heart attack aged eighty two years. His body laid to rest at the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, California.

Influence and Legacy: His life had been an interesting one. He began singing and performing very early on and had quite a successful career but then when his publicist died his career hit a huge slump. The slump was brief but painful, but his return would be meteoric and he wouldn’t look back. His alleged involvement with the Mafia was probably largely through family connections and friendships although he did say if he had not had such a strong passion for music he could have turned to a life of crime.

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