When Frank Sinatra passed away on May 14, 1998, people from around the world reflected on the loss of one of music’s greatest voices. But if you were to ask most people today, they would still tell you Sinatra had a voice unlike others, and his legacy will forever live on in his music and movies.
Destined for greatness
Born on this day, December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey, Francis Albert Sinatra developed an interest in music, specifically big band jazz, at an early age. He grew up to idolize Bing Crosby, not knowing that he would one day work with the musician.
For his 15th birthday, Sinatra’s uncle gave him a ukulele. This started the musician’s performance career, in which he would perform at family gatherings and social clubs. Little did everyone know, he would become one of the most influential voices in music history.
His hit songs
Sinatra rose to international fame in the 1940s and ‘50s. His most famous hits from that time include “Fly Me to the Moon,” “New York, New York,” “My Funny Valentine,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and many more.
Fans were attracted to his dreamy baritone and his equally dreamy face, earning him the nicknames “The Voice” and “The Sultan of Swoon”.
He was an actor, too
Sinatra is known as a singer, but he didn’t limit himself in the entertainment business. In the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, he continued to record popular musical numbers, but he was ready to perform on camera.
Sinatra made his acting debut in 1943 and appeared in High Society (with his idol Bing Crosby), Guys and Dolls, and From Here to Eternity, in which he received a supporting actor Oscar.
His one-of-a-kind legacy
It looks like Frank Sinatra will always be “The Voice”.