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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra (singer, born December 12, 1915, Hoboken, New Jersey; died May 14, 1998) The skinny, wavy-haired kid in the bow tie started out singing on a Major Bowes amateur radio broadcast. His career gained momentum in the Big Band era, under Henry James and Tommy Dorsey, then took off like wildfire at the Paramount Theater in New York, where he opened on Dec. 31, 1942. "Bobbysoxers" screamed in spontaneous delight, "jitterbugged" in the aisles, fainted left and right, crowded the stage door shrieking for his autograph, and spilled over into Times Square, snarling traffic to such a degree that a riot squad had to be called. After more than 40 years and many musical trends and fads, Sinatra still stood as one of the most enduring performers in show-business history--even though he was no longer the skinny kid, and his audiences, though still enthusiastic, were more contained.

Video and Audio

Come Fly Away Montage

Scenes from the Tony-nominated Broadway musical that brings together the legendary music of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Twyla Tharp.

Tina Sinatra on Come Fly Away

Frank Sinatra’s daughter talks about the Tony-nominated Broadway musical that brings together the legendary music of her father Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Twyla Tharp.

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