NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Twenty – Face from the Past – Frank Sinatra

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NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Twenty – Face from the Past – Frank Sinatra

#NaBloPoMo – Day Twenty  of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge

Frank Sinatra.

Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and actor Also known as “Old Blue Eyes”.

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra was the only child of Italian immigrants Natalie Della Garaventa and Antonino Martino Sinatra and was raised a Catholic.

He was a Singer, actor, producer, director, conductor. Years active – 1935-1995. He started singing at the age of eight, began singing professionally as a teenager In the 1930s.

A Fact – Frank Sinatra as a singer, never was a success on television.

In September 1951, Sinatra made his Las Vegas debut at the Desert Inn.

A month later, a second series of the Frank Sinatra Show aired on CBS.

Ultimately, Sinatra did not find the success on television, for which he had hoped.

The person he presented to the TV audience was not that of a performer easily welcomed into homes.

He projected an arrogance not compatible with the type of cosy congeniality that played well on the small screen.

Columbia and MCA dropped him in 1952.

Frank Sinatra – A radio voice from the past.

What can I say about old blue eyes?

In my younger days he was the apple of my eye, I could listen for hours to his voice, which was played on the 78 records, big untidy things, the one’s before 45 records came out, in those day’s there were no DVD or any of the modern devices to listen to his voice.

I wonder how many of those records are around now?

Interesting.

His song “Young At Heart” 1955 brings back memories of radio that my parents would listen to in 1940-50s, he had a very powerful voice and even in those days when radio was nothing like today he would give me cold shivers down my spine as he sung, he captured my heart as a teenager, I have never forgotten those memories of how I felt.

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This photo is one I had of Frank Sinatra in the 1950’s it’s quite amazing sixty years later that I still have this picture among my books.

  • Frank Sinatra in 1955 had a golden year, it had brought him more world hits than any of his rivals and established a complete comeback. One of his early 1950s song “Good Night Irene” sold 150,000 copies in the united States.

But in 1955 his “Young At Heart” had topped the 1,000,000, while “Learning The Blues” jumped into the British best-selling list immediately it arrived there. Combined British and American sales now top another 1,000,000.

Then why the change in Sinatra’s fortunes?

  • The facts showed that he had never been in better voice and the public was aware of it.

But undoubtedly, the major reason for his comeback was the chance which Hollywood gave him, in the role of Private Maggio in “From Here To Eternity”.

His performance won him a coveted Academy Award and when the fans saw him on screen they found a strange, new, fierce yet sensitive Sinatra – a natural actor with a superb flair for the projection of his personality.

Which followed up with many more films.

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Facts about Frank Sinatra’s Singing that made him special.

  • He sang his songs slowly. The words were crystal clear, but he drooled over the notes and above all else, he developed the great Sinatra phrasing.
  • Sinatra, in fact, was the first popular singer to obtain dramatic effect at the microphone with breath control – he developed the trick of inhaling in the middle of a note without breaking it.
  • He sang and inhaled at the same time – an unusual gimmick which enabled him to loop one phrase to another so that it sounded as though he had never paused for breath.

Although he learned music by ear, he never learned how to read music, but that didn’t stop him from being one the great singers in the 1950 – 1960s era.

Franks Sinatra Personal Life.

Sinatra had three children, Nancy, Frank Jr and Tina, all with his first wife. Nancy Sinatra (née Barbato) (m. 1939–1951).

He was married three more times, to actresses Ava Gardner (m. 1951–1957).

Mia Farrow (m. 1966–1968).

Barbara Marx (m. 1976–1998; until his death). In 2013

Something Stupid – Frank Sinatra

Sinatra started 1967 with a series of important recording sessions with Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Later in the year, a duet with daughter Nancy, “Something’ Stupid”, topped the Billboard pop and UK singles charts.

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