Frank Sinatra in 1960
|Birth name||Francis Albert Sinatra|
|Also known as||Ol' Blue Eyes
The Chairman of the Board
|Born||December 12, 1915
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
|Died||May 14, 1998 (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Genres||Vocal Jazz, Traditional pop, big band, swing|
|Labels||Columbia, Capitol, Reprise|
|Associated acts||Rat Pack
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and actor. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey  to Italian immigrants. His singing career was 60 years long, and more than 250 million records of his have been sold worldwide. He is also well known by the nickname "Old Blue Eyes". The New York Times said he was "the first modern pop superstar". At first, he was mostly known as a crooner, a singer of love songs. By the 1950s and 1960s, he was singing swing and jazz songs as well. Sinatra was also part of the Rat Pack, a group of entertainers (musicians and actors), in the 1950s and 1960s. The name was informal, and the group was not an official organization of any sort, but a group of friends. Members of the Rat Pack included Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, Sid Luft, and Shirley MacLaine.
Acting career [change]
Sinatra was also an actor. He was in movies such as The Manchurian Candidate, From Here to Eternity, and The Man With The Golden Arm. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here To Eternity.
Personal life [change]
Sinatra was married 4 times. He was married to Nancy Barbato from 1939 to 1951, to Ava Gardner from 1951 to 1957, to Mia Farrow from 1966 to 1968, and to Barbara Marx from 1976 until his death.
The scandal of the last Italian exhibition [change]
No allowance was made even for Frank Sinatra "The voice", who was expected to sing at the Angevin Castle (Maschio Angioino) in 1991, the organizers claimed they had been forced to pay nearly 19 million plus a mobile phone, but this was not enough: the administrators at the Naples City Hall were "too greedy" and the concert was moved to Pompeii in the end. Massimo Gallotta, the owner of "So Good Entertaiment", reported the background of the story to the magistrates, which led to the arrest of the chief press officer of the Naples City Hall, Domenico Annunziata. The mayor of the time was Nello Polese, later imprisoned under various indictments for bribes. Mr. Annunziata, then at the head of the press office, together with the mayor’s secretary, Sergio Carotenuto, who died a month ago, were in contact with Mr. Gallotta. According to the latter, a bribe of 20% of the total amount was agreed upon together with a deposit of 50 million Italian liras, in addition to a mobile phone. The same Gallotta deposited about 19 million and delivered the phone to Carotenuto. But in the end the event was moved to Pompeii: Vincenzo Molisso, town concillor for cultural matters at the time, had demanded 700 free tickets.
Sinatra died on May 14, 1998 at 10:50 pm at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, after suffering a heart attack. His wife Barbara was at his side. The words "The best is yet to come" are written on his gravestone.
Other websites [change]
- "Frank Sinatra". Hollywood.com. http://www.hollywood.com/celebrity/Frank_Sinatra/192093#fullBio. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
- "Frank Sinatra obituary". BBC News. 1998-05-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/special_report/1998/05/98/sinatra/67911.stm. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
- Ruhlmann, William. "Frank Sinatra". All Music Guide. MTV. http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/sinatra_frank/artist.jhtml#bio. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
- Holden, Stephen (May 16, 1998). "Frank Sinatra Dies at 82; Matchless Stylist of Pop". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1212.html. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- Williams, Richard (October 7, 2010). "When the Rat Pack ruled supreme". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/07/rat-pack-kennedy-election-50-years. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- "26th Academy Awards Winners". Oscars.org. http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/legacy/ceremony/26th-winners.html. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Corriere della Sera - La mazzetta su Sinatra. http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/1995/giugno/18/mazzetta_Sinatra_Agli_arresti_giornalista_co_0_95061812941.shtml
- Gildo De Stefano, "The Voice - Vita e italianità di Frank Sinatra", Coniglio Press, Roma 2011
- "Frank Sinatra (1915-1998)". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2953. Retrieved March 25, 2011.