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Frank Sinatra turned his hand to many aspects of showbiz in his time, but he is undoubtedly best known for his charming crooning and his work on the big screen.
Sinatra worked hard on his outward appearance; he made a point of staying impeccably dressed and his deep blue eyes earned him the nickname 'Ol' Blue Eyes', as well as the admiration of countless teenage girls. But he also struggled with a short temper and turbulent relationships – both things that became increasingly public as the years went by.
As his biographer Arnold Shaw put it: "Sinatra wanted to be the last word in charm, but was frequently an explosive porcupine of ill-temper. He prided himself on his exquisite taste, but couldn't help using his fists and four-letter words in public."
Born Francis Albert Sinatra on December 12th 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, he was the only child of two Italian immigrants.
Sinatra completed very little formal education but developed a love for music for a young age, idolising Bing Crosby and drawing inspiration from Gene Austin, Rudy Vallée, Russ Colombo and Bob Eberly, to name but a few.
He never formally learned to read music, but instead learned by ear and before his teenage years were up he had the beginnings of a professional singing career in which he would record hundreds of songs, including the now-classics 'My Way', 'Strangers In The Night', 'Come Fly With Me', 'I've Got You Under My Skin', 'Love And Marriage', 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', and 'Fly Me To The Moon'.
In the early forties, his appeal to the teenage girl market officially became known as "Sinatramania". He was the first big act performing pop music to appeal to this market.
In the early years of his singing career, Sinatra was part of a string of bands including the Hoboken Four, but he felt strongly that he should be performing solo. Breaking away from his manager Tommy Dorsey in 1942, he was signed with Columbia Records by the following year. His first album, 'The Voice Of Frank Sinatra', reached number 1 on the Billboard Chart in 1946.
This part of his career was relatively short-lived, brought down by rumours of his Mafia connections and relationship difficulties. But he managed to bounce back the following decade signed to Capitol Records, continuing his singing alongside a thriving film career which earned him a series of Grammys, Golden Globes, and Academy Awards.
Despite his busy career and close associations with several US Presidents, he managed to find time for four marriages and plenty of other romantic encounters besides.
His first marriage to Nancy Barbato in 1939 gave the couple a son and two daughters, but came to an end amid rumours of numerous affairs, one of which was with Ava Gardner, who would become his next wife in 1951. His second marriage only lasted for two years and was fraught with arguments and fights that were well publicised.
After two broken-off engagements to other women, his third marriage, to Mia Farrow in 1966, was just as short as his second, although the couple remained close friends. In 1976 Sinatra married Barbara Marx, and they stayed together until his death in 1998.
Sinatra has left a remarkable legacy behind, and has been credited as influencing modern-day artists Josh Groban, Bono, Michael Buble, Alicia Keys, Brandon Flowers, and the late Amy Winehouse.