Frank Sinatra – ‘Ol Blue Eyes

Frank Sinatra - 'Ol Blue Eyes

Francis Albert Sinatra known as Frank Sinatra was born in New Jersey, US in December 1915 and died in May 1998. He is an American singer and a motion-picture actor who became one of the most famous and sought-after performers in the entertainment industry and 20th- century popular music specifically. Some of the songs we’re most familiar with are “Strangers in the Night” (1966), “That’s Life” (1967), and “My Way” (1969). 

After hearing the recordings of popular American singer Bing Crosby, teenager Sinatra felt inspired and knew that he wanted to become a singer in the 1930s. He actually dropped out of school to focus on his career and sing. He joined a singing group in his school and began singing at local clubs and radio channels. Trumpeter Harry James heard his voice and chose him to join the band with which he made his first recording. In 1940, bandleader Tommy Dorsey chose Sinatra to join him, and this is where his journey skyrocketed. Two years later Sinatra took the risk of going solo and continuing his career on his own.

During World War II, he was officially classified 4-F (“Registrant not acceptable for military service”) because of his perforated eardrum, a scar he had during his birth. He was therefore exempted from joining the military. Towards the end of the war, he helped entertain the military troops. 

Sinatra played a major role in the evolution of American music with its blends of music that combined the classics and the jazz which became known simply as American popular, or pop music. He was indeed the best known vocalist in the swing era that lasted from 1935 till the end of World War II. His musical education and roots were that of the Tin Pan Alley tradition, but he was also a student of Italian opera. Throughout his career, he insisted on singing his music using his own style and arrangements. With his light baritone voice and sharp New york accent, he delivered unique phrasing of lyrics and jazzy syncopations. 

Fame wise, he set the trend of bow ties and wide-shouldered suits to many men, but his most significant followers base was the teenaged girls, called the “bobby-soxers,” who screamed for “Frankie” when he sang. He was the first to attract this state of near fans histeria that was later passed on to Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He was not just a singer, but an actor too. He appeared in several films in the 1940s, the best ones being musicals, and won an Oscar for best supporting actor in his role in “From here to eternity”. 

 

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