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Frank Sinatra

Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Born to Italian immigrants in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra began his musical career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. Sinatra found success as a solo artist after he signed with Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers". He released his debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. But by the early 1950s 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. His career was reborn in 1953 with the success of From Here to Eternity, with his performance subsequently winning an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sinatra released several critically lauded albums, including In the Wee Small Hours (1955), Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (1956), Come Fly with Me (1958), Only the Lonely (1958) and Nice 'n' Easy (1960).

Sinatra left Capitol in 1960 to start his own record label, Reprise Records, and released a string of successful albums. In 1965, he recorded the retrospective album, September of My Years and starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music. After releasing Sinatra at the Sands, recorded at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Vegas with frequent collaborator Count Basie in early 1966, the following year he recorded one of his most famous collaborations with Tom Jobim, the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was followed by 1968's Francis A. & Edward K. with Duke Ellington. Sinatra retired for the first time in 1971, but came out of retirement two years later. He recorded several albums and resumed performing at Caesars Palace, and released "New York, New York" in 1980. Using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, he toured both within the United States and internationally until shortly before his death in 1998.

Sinatra forged a highly successful career as a film actor. After winning an Academy Award for From Here to Eternity, he starred in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), and received critical acclaim for his performance in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). He appeared in various musicals such as On the Town (1949), Guys and Dolls (1955), High Society (1956), and Pal Joey (1957), winning another Golden Globe for the latter. Toward the end of his career, he became associated with playing detectives, including the title character in Tony Rome (1967). Sinatra would later receive the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1971. On television, The Frank Sinatra Show began on ABC in 1950, and he continued to make appearances on television throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Sinatra was also heavily involved with politics from the mid-1940s, and actively campaigned for presidents such as Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Sinatra was investigated by the FBI for his alleged relationship with the Mafia.

While Sinatra never learned how to read music, he worked very hard from a young age to improve his abilities in all aspects of music. A perfectionist, renowned for his dress sense and performing presence, he always insisted on recording live with his band. His bright blue eyes earned him the popular nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes". Sinatra led a colorful personal life, and was often involved in turbulent affairs with women, such as with his second wife Ava Gardner. He later married Mia Farrow in 1966 and Barbara Marx in 1976. Sinatra had several violent confrontations, usually with journalists he felt had crossed him, or work bosses with whom he had disagreements. He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Sinatra was also the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most influential people. After Sinatra's death, American music critic Robert Christgau called him "the greatest singer of the 20th century", and he continues to be seen as an iconic figure.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 12th, 1915 (Hoboken), Died May 14th, 1998 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1943

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 79 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-044680 10-in. 2/1/1940 The sky fell down Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-044682 10-in. 2/1/1940 Too romantic Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-047706 10-in. 2/26/1940 Shake down the stars Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-047707 10-in. 2/26/1940 Moments in the moonlight Richard Himber ; Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-047708 10-in. 2/26/1940 I'll be seeing you Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-047746 10-in. 3/4/1940 Say it Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-047747 10-in. 3/4/1940 Polka dots and moonbeams Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048129 10-in. 3/13/1940 The fable of the rose Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048130 10-in. 3/12/1940 This is the beginning of the end Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048430 10-in. 3/25/1940 Imagination Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048431 10-in. 3/25/1940 Yours is my heart alone Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048479 10-in. 3/29/1940 Hear my song, Violetta Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048480 10-in. 3/29/1940 Fools rush in (Where angels fear to tread) Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048481 10-in. 3/29/1940 Devil may care Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048758 10-in. 4/10/1940 April played the fiddle Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048762 10-in. 4/10/1940 I haven't time to be a millionaire Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048938 10-in. 4/23/1940 You're lonely and I'm lonely Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048941 10-in. 4/23/1940 It's a lovely day tomorrow Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-048942 10-in. 4/23/1940 I'll never smile again The Pied Pipers ; Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble vocalist  
Victor BS-050852 10-in. 5/23/1940 All this and heaven too Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-050853 10-in. 5/23/1940 Where do you keep your heart? Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-051579 10-in. 6/27/1940 Trade winds Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-051581 10-in. 6/27/1940 The one I love (Belongs to somebody else) The Pied Pipers ; Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble vocalist  
Victor BS-051874 10-in. 7/17/1940 The call of the canyon Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-051875 10-in. 7/17/1940 Love lies Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 79 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sinatra, Frank," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101977.

Sinatra, Frank. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101977.

"Sinatra, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101977

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