Born Francis Albert Sinatra, Frank was an American entertainer, singer, producer and actor. He was one of the most popular and influential male artists of the 20th century. Sinatra is one of the best selling music artists of all time, with more than 150 million records sold worldwide.
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915 to Italian-American parents. Frank’s music career began in 1935 when he won first prize in a radio singing contest. The radio contest gave Sinatra a lot of exposure and he soon began collaborations with bandleaders like Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, recording his first song with James in 1939 and having his first “hit” song – I’ll never Smile Again – with Dorsey in 1941. Frank started his solo career in 1943 when he signed with Columbia Records. Sinatra launched his first full album – The Voice of Frank Sinatra – in 1946.
By the early 1950s, Frank had moved to Las Vegas and quickly became one of the city’s biggest residency performers, starring as part of the “Rat Pack.” Sinatra’s acting career took off in 1953 with the success of From Here to Eternity, where he played the doomed Angelo Maggio. The role subsequently won Frank an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Frank went on to have many more hit songs and star in Hollywood films up until the 1960s, with eventual comeback roles into the 1970s and even 1980s, including a brief reunion with the Rat Pack in 1988. Sinatra had one final dance with fame during the 1990s with is “Duets” recordings.
Sinatra’s health began failing shortly after his 80th birthday and he suffered a heart attack in November of 1996. He survived that initial heart attack, but had another heart episode that claimed his life on May 14th, 1998. Frank Sinatra passed away at the age of 82 and is buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, Riverside County, California. He was laid to rest in Plot B-8, #151.