The Life of Frank Sinatra
Ta-Layza C Miller
Winston-Salem State University
Francis Albert Sinatra, better known as Frank Sinatra was one of the most famous American singers during his era. He was not only a singer but also a motion-picture actor. Sinatra appeared in fifty-eight films and won an Academy Award for his role in From Here to Eternity. His career started in the 1930s and continued into the 1990s. For music inspiration Sinatra was influenced by Billie Holiday (1915-1959) and Bing Crosby (1903–1977). He knew that he had wanted to become a singer so when the time came he dropped out of high school and began to sing at small clubs. Sinatra tried many different things ...view middle of the document...
He became a competent boxer. In high school he was a generous but aggressive; therefore, he was likely to fight (n.d.). While growing up them were the traits he would carry with him throughout his life.
Frank was one of those people who learned music by ear and never knew how to read music. Early in his life Sinatra knew he wanted to become a singer. He dropped out of high school and began singing at small clubs. Sinatra got his big break on the radio talent show Major Bowes and his Amateur Hour in 1935. He was singing in a group called the Hoboken Four. At this time Sinatra sang in various New Jersey nightclubs, hoping to attract the attention of "Swing Era" bandleaders (n.d.). He began his career in the “Swing Era” with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey.
At the end of 1942 Sinatra broke away and began his solo career which sprouted. The way Sinatra would dress with his wide-shouldered suits and his bow ties were imitated by many men. However, his most passionate followers were teenaged girls, nicknamed "bobby-soxers,” for the ankle-high socks they wore (n.d.). Bobby-soxers were usually teenage girls and young adult women whose ages ranged from 12 to 25. They were fashionable adolescent girls who wore poodle skirts and rolled their socks down to their ankle. His widespread appeal was increased by America's explosive mass media growth in newspapers, magazines, films, record players, and radio stations.
During the 1950s rumors started to spread claiming that Sinatra was connected to the Mafia, which were organized crimes (n.d.). The allegations of the activity he was involved in were never proven, and no criminal charges were ever made. He also received bad publicity from the brawls he had come encountered with customers and reporters. During this time Sinatra was not only recording records. He recorded albums around a central theme with a large collection of songs or ballads. From the time of 1957 through 1966 he...