Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998)
Sinatra began singing for tips at the age of eight at a local nightclub in Hoboken,
New Jersey. He began singing professionally as a teenager in the 1935 when he
joined a hometown singing group, The Three Flashes. With the addition of Sinatra,
the group became known as The Hoboken Four. After the group appeared on Major Bowes Amateur Hour, they garnered 40,000 votes and won the first prize, a six month contract to perform on stage and radio across the United States. Frank learned music
by ear, but he never learned how to read music.
Sinatra also had a successful career as a film actor, winning the Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actor for his role in From Here to Eternity (1953), a nomination for
Best Actor for The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), and received critical acclaim for
his performance in The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
Recorded in 1957