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Frank Sinatra, iconic vocalist and showbiz personality, died on 14th May 1998

Frank Sinatra, iconic vocalist and showbiz personality, died on 14th May 1998

Born Francis Albert Sinatra in Hoboken, New Jersey, of Italian immigrant parents in December 1915, Frank Sinatra became one of the most important and influential personalities in popular entertainment, his career spanning six decades, and his performances on record, radio, TV, in Movies and in 'live' concerts establishing benchmarks of style which defined his era. He began performing locally in the early '30s, first with the Hoboken 4 vocal gfroup and then solo, until in 1939 he was hired by the emerging Harry James Orchestra, with whom he made his first redords and radio appearances. He moved on to the much more powerful Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in early 1940 and was soon a major attraction. Through the '40s he had huge visibility thriough his records, radio series and in movies, but by the end of the decade had burnt himself out, had significant personal problems and his career looked to be on the rocks. He rehabilitated himself by getting a role in "From Here To Eternity" in 1953, which won him an Academy Aawrd, and also led to a contract with Capitol, where he started working with Nelson Riddle, and he was off and running again. The '50s saw him reach the peak of his creativity and style, with a series of landmark concept albums and a string of hugely successful films, which confirmed his position at the top of the showbiz pile, where he effectively remained for the next 40 years until his death, although not surprisingly with a declining level of activity. His musical work during the '40s and '50s, mainly revolving around his interpretation of the work of the Great American Songbook composers, who during this era were still writing marvellous original songs for stage and screen, were some of the best examples of big band jazz on record. Acrobat has on catalogue three albums featuring recordings of Frank Sinatra's concerts during the 1950s and '60s - for details click here.

 

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