If you shook the hand of Frank Sinatra then you shared something special with others who experienced that same treat. Sinatra passed away on this date 15 years ago at the age of 82, but his legendary status lives on.
Although jazz isn’t what it used to be and certainly isn’t the draw it used to be, anyone who knows anything should know that Sinatra was one of the greatest American performers in the history of entertainment.
Not only was Sinatra the personification of cool, he was a multi-talented individual that hasn’t been able to be matched since. Many admirers of the stars today like to point to the likes of George Clooney or Will Smith as being the depictions of slickness, but Sinatra still maintains that title.
With his suave demeanor, the classic fedora hat, a tremendous voice and an ability to control any room he was in, Sinatra will live on as an American icon, whether it’s for his music, his motion pictures, his involvement in Republican and Democratic politics or for being known as “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”
Since he made his big break in 1935 when he joined The Three Flashes, a local singing group, he never looked back, especially after joining the well-known and celebrated bands of Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. Throughout his career, he won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the 1953 film “From Here to Eternity.”
Now it’s time to look at the five best films and the five best tunes sung by Sinatra.
Music (in no particular order)
“I’ll Be Seeing You” – Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
“Stardust” – Frank Sinatra and the Harry James Orchestra
“Embraceable You” – Frank Sinatra and Alex Stordahl and his orchestra
“The Girl from Ipanema” – Frank Sinatra and Carlos Jobim
“The Summer Wind” – Frank Sinatra
Film (in no particular order)
“From Here to Eternity” (1953) – Starring: Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra
“Suddenly” (1954) – Starring: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden and James Gleason (please note: the picture was pretty bad, but Sinatra stole the show)
“The Man with the Golden Arm” (1955) – Starring: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak and Darren McGavin
“The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) – Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury
“High Society” (1956) – Starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Celeste Holm, Louis Armstrong and Louis Calhern (remake of “The Philadelphia Story”)
Click here for each song and film clips.