Sunday, December 12, 2010

Today would have been Frank Sinatra's 95th birthday

Frank Albert Sinatra, my family misses you on this day of your death, you were truly my favorite singer, I admire you work in the film world and the music world! you were truly a great signer and actor!Remembering you today, happy 95th birthday!

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and actor.

Beginning his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra became a successful solo artist in the early to mid-1940s, being the idol of the "bobby soxers." His professional career had stalled by the 1950s, but it was reborn in 1954 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (for his performance in From Here to Eternity).

He signed with Capitol Records and released several critically lauded albums (such as In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin' Lovers, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely and Nice 'n' Easy). Sinatra left Capitol to found his own record label, Reprise Records (finding success with albums such as Ring-A-Ding-Ding, Sinatra at the Sands and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim), toured internationally, was a founding member of the Rat Pack and fraternized with celebrities and statesmen, including John F. Kennedy.

Sinatra turned 50 in 1965, recorded the retrospective September of My Years, starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, and scored hits with "Strangers in the Night" and "My Way".

With sales of his music dwindling and after appearing in several poorly received films, Sinatra retired for the first time in 1971. Two years later, however, he came out of retirement and in 1973 recorded several albums, scored a Top 40 hit with "(Theme From) New York, New York" in 1980, and toured both within the United States and internationally, using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, until a short time before his death in 1998.

Sinatra also forged a successful career as a film actor, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity, a nomination for Best Actor for The Man with the Golden Arm, and critical acclaim for his performance in The Manchurian Candidate. He also starred in such musicals as High Society, Pal Joey, Guys and Dolls and On the Town. Sinatra was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983 and 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. Frank Sinatra remains one of the most influential and celebrated singers of all time.

Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, at 415 Monroe Street, Hoboken, New Jersey. He was the only child of a Sicilian boxer and Hoboken Fire Department fireman, Anthony Martin Sinatra (1894–1969), and a Genoan midwife, Democratic party ward boss, and abortionist, Natalie "Dolly" Sinatra née Garaventa (1896–1977). His parents had immigrated to the United States in 1895 and 1897, respectively.

Sinatra weighed 13½ pounds at birth, and appeared stillborn,[2] but spluttered into life when placed under a cold tap. Due to his difficult birth, he was scarred permanently on his left earlobe, cheek, and neck, and suffered a perforated eardrum.

At the age of fourteen, Sinatra met Nancy Barbato[3] whom he would marry in 1939. It was in the early 1930s that Sinatra began singing in public, first at family parties, then at local social clubs. After watching Bing Crosby perform, he turned to Barbato and announced that he was going to become a singer, and told his parents later that evening. This caused tension between Sinatra and his parents, and he left home at the age of seventeen.

After suffering another heart attack, Frank Sinatra died at 10:50 pm on May 14, 1998,at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with wife Barbara and daughter Nancy by his side. Sinatra's final words were "I'm losing." He was 82.

President Bill Clinton led tributes to Sinatra, claiming that he had managed "to appreciate on a personal level what millions of people had appreciated from afar".

On May 20, 1998 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, Sinatra's funeral was held in front of 400 mourners. Gregory Peck, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, Jr. addressed the mourners, among whom were Jill St. John, Tom Selleck, Joey Bishop, Faye Dunaway, Tony Curtis, Liza Minnelli, Kirk Douglas, Robert Wagner, Don Rickles, Nancy Reagan, Angie Dickinson and Jack Nicholson.

A private ceremony at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Palm Springs was held later that day before Sinatra was buried a short distance east of St. Theresa's, next to his parents in section A-8 of Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, a quiet, unassuming cemetery on Ramon Road at the border of Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage and near his famous Rancho Mirage compound, located on tree-lined Frank Sinatra Drive. His close friend Jilly Rizzo is buried nearby in the same cemetery.

Legend has it that Sinatra was buried in a blue suit with a flask of Jack Daniel's and a roll of ten dimes which was a gift from his daughter, Tina, along with a card that said "Sleep warm, Poppa — look for me." The ten dimes were a habit dating back to the kidnapping of his son, Frank Sinatra, Jr., due to the kidnappers' demands that negotiations be made via pay phone. A Zippo lighter (which some take to be a reference to his mob connections) is purported to be buried with him as is a pack of Camel cigarettes. The words "The Best Is Yet to Come" are imprinted on his tombstone.

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