Frank Sinatra: "When I Sing, I'M Honest"

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“When I sing, I believe. I'm honest.”- Frank Sinatra Every day we hear the songs of new artist on the radio and we are captivated by them, at least for a little while. But, there are few artists who stand the test of time. As an artist, you can say that you made it big when ten, twenty, even thirty years after you die, people are still listening to your music. As good old Mr. Sinatra said, “If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere.” Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was the only child of Sicilian immigrants who moved to the states to make a better life for their family. At a young age Sinatra loved music and was influenced by many of the artist of his time such as Bing Crosby and Billie Holiday. As a teenager, he dropped out of high school and began to sing at local night clubs. Radio exposure brought him to the attention of bandleader Harry James, with whom Sinatra made his first recordings, including "All or Nothing at All." In 1940, Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey’s band. After two years of chart-topping success with Dorsey, Sinatra decided to strike out on his own (Frank Sinatra: the Boudoir Singer, 2011). In the 1940s Sinatra embarked on a solo career and became the idol of “bobby-soxers,” teenage girls who swooned over his crooning, soft-voiced singing. He appeared in such film musicals as Anchors Aweigh (1945), Till the Clouds Roll By (1947), and On the Town (1949). In 1953 he won an Academy Award for his non-singing performance in From Here to Eternity ( “Sinatra's vocal genius, aside from his inimitable phrasing and timing, was more than his being a baritone. His voice had exceptional resonance, timbre and shading. As he aged and smoked cigs and drank scotch, the coloring of his voice grew darker, smokier and richer, just like aged whiskey” (Bill Zehme, 1997). Between 1943 and 1946, Sinatra's

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