Frank Sinatra was an American singer and motion picture actor and one of the most sought-after performers in the entertainment industry. American singer and actor Frank Sinatra recorded numerous songs over the course of his career, many of which were beloved by his fans. Upon hearing the recordings of Bing Crosby , Sinatra was inspired as a teenager to choose popular singing as a vocation.
The Columbia years
Sinatra found success as a solo artist after he signed with Columbia Records in , becoming the idol of the " bobby soxers ". He released his debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra , in But by the early s his professional career had stalled and he turned to Las Vegas , where he became one of its best known residency performers as part of the Rat Pack. Sinatra left Capitol in to start his own record label, Reprise Records , and released a string of successful albums. It was followed by 's Francis A. Sinatra retired for the first time in , but came out of retirement two years later. Using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, he toured both within the United States and internationally until shortly before his death in
The band singer
Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives he carried his own P. With the help of George Evans Sinatra's genius press agent , his image was shaped into that of a street thug and punk who was saved by his first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra. In he started his solo career, instantly finding fame as the king of the bobbysoxers--the young women and girls who were his fans--and becoming the most popular singer of the era among teenage music fans. About that time his film career was also starting in earnest, and after appearances in a few small films, he struck box-office gold with a lead role in Anchors Aweigh with Gene Kelly , a Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards. Sinatra was awarded a special Oscar for his part in a short film that spoke out against intolerance, The House I Live In A controversial public affair with screen siren Ava Gardner broke up his marriage to Nancy Barbato Sinatra and did his career little good, and his record sales dwindled. He continued to act, although in lesser films such as Meet Danny Wilson , and a vocal cord hemorrhage all but ended his career.
Singer and actor Frank Sinatra rose to fame singing big band numbers. The only child of Sicilian immigrants, a teenaged Sinatra decided to become a singer after watching Bing Crosby perform in the mids. He'd already been a member of the glee club in his high school and began to sing at local nightclubs. Radio exposure brought him to the attention of bandleader Harry James, with whom Sinatra made his first recordings, including "All or Nothing at All. After two years of chart-topping success with Dorsey, Sinatra decided to strike out on his own. Between and , Sinatra's solo career blossomed as the singer charted a slew of hit 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. That was all.