Frank Sinatra is one of those names that will last in American Culture for centuries to come. Like the historical artists of old, the dawn of the recording age has left us with a few of the most memorable voices around, these legends stand as testament to another art form that may now be preserved for hundreds of years to come. Unlike famous painters, playwrights or philosophical thinkers, there’s not much we know about the singers and songwriters of the ancient past. But thanks to modern technology we can not only still hear the voice of ole’ blue eyes, but we can re-live the life of Frank Sinatra as if it were yesterday.
The Life of Frank Sinatra Began In Hoboken
Born in Hoboken New Jersey to two Sicilian immigrants, rumors abound how Frank’s mother was a staunch liberal, which would make sense when you consider the contributions he would make to the Democratic Party later in his life. Hoboken at the time was a city steeped in old traditions, it was the first city to hold a recorded game of baseball and is also home to the oldest technical institute in the country. There was plenty of pride to be found in Hoboken and it shows through Frank’s stern attitude and adherence to his personal beliefs. When Frank was just a teenager, he dropped out of high-school and soon after began singing for local night and supper clubs that were willing to pay him for his services. The life of Frank Sinatra had taken another dramatic turn, little did he know what the next chapter would hold!
In 1938 Sinatra would find himself in trouble with the law for the first time and the offense was a little less than noble. He was convicted of “Carrying on” with another man’s wife, which at the time was a serious criminal offense. But as Sinatra continued to dive into his musical passions, he was beset on all sides by mountains of unpaid bills. To stay above water, he held a job as a delivery boy for the Jersey observer Newspaper, and later as a riveter at the Tietjan and Lang shipyard. By 1935 Sinatra had landed his first major gig as a singer with a group named “The Three Flashes.” Soon after, the three would be touring the local club circuit as Frank got his name further and further out into the public. By late 1935 Frank had already gone on his first major radio tour, and upon returning to Hoboken he was immediately hired as a singing waiter and MC for the prestigious Rustic cabin Club.
By 1939 Frank had an offer from the great Harry James lying right in front of him. Harry James was a band leader that was easily becoming one of the most recognized musicians of the 30’s and 40’s. It is with Harry James that Frank recorded his debut album “From the Bottom of My Heart” and a one year contract at $75.00 a week!
The Life of Frank Sinatra Was About To Take A Dramatic Turn..
By the end of 1939 Frank had received another offer that would prove to be his biggest yet. Often recorded as one of the biggest turning points in the life of Frank Sinatra, The Dorsey Band had already generated enough buzz to land gigs at some of the most prominent venues in America. The public knew Dorsey, and soon they would know Sinatra as well. But when offered the spot on The Dorsey Band, Frank was still under contract with Harry James. But seeing the opportunity Frank had before him James did not hesitate and let Sinatra leave the contract unfulfilled. Frank recognized the opportunity James allowed him throughout his life, all culminating to Sinatra’s eulogy on Harry James deathbed stating “Harry made it all possible.”
But Dorsey wasn’t the godsend Sinatra made him out to be, while frank would release over fourty hit singles all within a year including “I’ll Never Smile Again,” things with Dorsey would only get rougher down the road. While Dorsey had a contract claiming 1/3rd of all Sinatra’s life earnings in the entertainment industry, it was rumored that mobster Sam Giancana “coerced” Dorsey to let Sinatra out of the contract for a few thousand dollars. Of course the allegations weren’t exactly dismissed, they weren’t necessarily taken literally either. It would be decades later when Nancy Sinatra’s biography was released that she would claim the real truth was that MCA founder Jules C. Stein acquired the contract legally for $75,000 in the wake of Sinatra’s commercial success. The life of Frank Sinatra had yet again taken another turn that wouldn’t be the last. These events would turn out to be some of the most controversial in his career as the event became fictionalized in the book and movie “The Godfather”.
Dorsey Would Forever Change The Life of Sinatra
Through tours, radio spots and more concerts than he could count, by May 1941 Sinatra had climbed to the top of the charts and was without a doubt America’s favorite male singer. By the end of 1941 he would be the well-known king of the “Bobby Soxers,” a name given to young teenage girls at the time. Frank had successfully taken a genre of music enjoyed by adults and for the first time bridged it to younger generations without so much as a hiccup. But by the time the war had begun, “Sinatra-mania” was slowly dwindling down, but it was certainly not by any means gone! In December 1932, Frank made one of the greatest appearances of his young career at the legendary Paramount Theater. The crowd was so large and so raucous, Jack Benny, one of the greatest entertainers of the early 20th century stated;
“I thought the goddamned building was going to cave in. I never heard such a commotion… All this for a fellow I never heard of.”
This legendary appearance stood as one of the hallmark moments in the life of Frank Sinatra and with the culmination of the musicians strike in 1943, Sinatra would never again be the same once he got that sweet taste of fame. Why not come and see the Rat Pack live on stage for yourself!? In the only show in Vegas about Vegas, audiences will be taken back to a time when Sinatra and Martin were the kings of Las Vegas and Elvis was still selling out crowds 7 nights a week. Don’t wait to see the best of Vegas history live right before your eyes, pick up your tickets to VEGAS! the Show today.
Written By Kain Wyatt Tags: Celebrities Local