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Born 12 December 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey, the only child of Italian immigrants Antonino Martino Sinatra and Natalina Garaventa, Francis Albert Sinatra would grow to become the legendary star, Frank Sinatra.
Singer, actor, producer, director and conductor, Frank began his professional musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. He learned music by ear and never learned to read it. In the mid-1940s, he was signed by Columbia Records and went on to find success as a solo artist. Though his professional career would stall in 1950, it would experience a rebirth in 1953 when Sinatra won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity. Shortly thereafter, Frank signed with Capital Records and went on to release several critically acclaimed albums. In 1961, Sinatra formed his own record label, released several more successful albums and went on to become a founding member of the Rat Pack, tour internationally and hang with celebrities and statesmen such as John F. Kennedy.
Frank retired in 1971 for two years, then came out of retirement in 1973 to record several more albums, even scoring a Top-40 hit with his song New York, New York! Sinatra also managed to have a very successful career as an actor. He continued to tour and act until shortly before his death in 1998.
At the age of 82, after suffering a heart attack. Sinatra died 14 May 1998. He'd suffered from illnesses for several years. His wife Barbara was at his side, encouraging him to fight while attempts were made to stabilize him. His final words were "I'm losing."
Sinatra was buried with trinkets from family members and friends including cherry-flavored Life Savers, stuffed toys, Camel cigarettes and a Zippo lighter, Tootsie Rolls and a bottle of Jack Daniels. His grave marker is inscribed with the words "The Best Is Yet To Come".
Frank Sinatra is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He received 11 Grammy Awards, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983. Sinatra has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
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