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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra


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Also Known As: Died: May 14, 1998
Born: December 12, 1915 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA Profession: Music ...


In the annual theatre exhibitors' poll of the ten most popular boxoffice stars at the movies, Sinatra placed 10th in 1956, 5th in 1957, 10th in 1958, 7th in 1959, 8th in 1960 and 8th in 1962.

Presented by Austria with the Cross of Science and Arts (1984).

Received an honorary doctorate from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1985. It was Sinatra's first official return to the city of his birth since presented with the key to Hoboken in 1947.

His fabled fall and dramatic resurgence allegedly served as the basis for the Johnny Fontane character in Mario Puzo's novel "The Godfather" and its 1972 film adaptation.

"He created the art of intimate singing. He's taught us all how to sing psychologically. In the old days, singers used to belt songs so [fans] could hear you in the back row. Frank sings like he feels." --Tony Bennett in USA Today, December 10, 1990.

"It's not just the songs, but how he sings them. You believe the story when he sings. He sells a great lyric." --George Burns in USA Today, December 10, 1990

"No one can touch him." --Jim Morrison, lead singer of the legendary rock band The Doors.

"My first recollection of Frank's voice was coming out of a jukebox in a dark bar on a Sunday afternoon, when my mother and I went searching for my father, and I remember she said, 'Listen to that, that's Frank Sinatra. He's from Jersey.' It was a voice filled with bad attitude, life, beauty, excitement, a nasty sense of freedom, sex, and a sad knowledge of the ways of the world. Every song seemed to have as its postscript 'And if you don't like, here's a punch in the kisser.' But it was the deep blueness of Frank's voice that affected me the most, and, while his music became synonymous with black tie, good life, the best booze, women, sophistication, his blues voice was always the sound of hard luck and men late at night with the last ten dollars in their pockets trying to figure a way out. On behalf of all New Jersey, Frank, I want to say, 'Hail, brother, you sang out your soul.'" --Bruce Springsteen during a televised homage to Sinatra in honor his 80th birthday.

Presided over the Friars Club as the Abbot.

"He was the loneliest man I've ever known." --actor-producer Brad Dexter recalling Sinatra in GQ, November 1999.

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