Frank Sinatra was widely known from coast to coast. He was definitely one of the most popular stars of his era. (3) He, not only was a singer/ song writer, but as his career grew he shifted smoothly into acting and dancing. Ole Blue Eyes was an American icon who was capable of charming his way through each decade that rolled by. He had a sound that carried like no other. His soft voice could sweep women off their feet and right into his arms. Ole blue eyes had an extraordinary talent and sure did not waste it.
It all started when Italian immigrants, Martin and Natalie Sinatra gave birth to a baby boy on December 12, 1915. On that night Francis Albert Sinatra was born not breathing. His grandmother decided to hold him under water. Thankful, he began to gasp for air. Even since the beginning Frank made his way through unfavorable odds. Martin, Sinatra’s father, was a firefighter for the city of Hoboken, New Jersey. Frank’s mother, Natalie or she was often referred to as Dolly, was an amateur singer; who often played at clubs and social events. (1)
As Frank grew so did his love for music. His first real passion for music came when his uncle gave him a ukulele. On hot summer nights Sinatra would sit out on his front porch while playing and singing to family and friends. Frank never had to take singing lessons. His wonderful gift came from the Lord. Were they lived was a rough neighborhood so Frank had to be on his guard almost all the time. To protect himself, he decided to take up boxing. Later on he would become a competetent boxer. (1) Frank Attended Demarest High School. He was a generous, but pugnacious person. These characteristics would follow him throughout his entire life. He competed in all sports such as baseball, basketball and track, but his passion was prize fighting. (6)
Frank graduated from Demarest High and moved on to work at the New Jersey Observer Newspaper. He first started riding news trucks and delivering papers and then was promoted to copy boy. Frank desperately wanted to be a reporter, but when he asked the circulation manager he said that copy boys didn’t know enough to be reporters. This pushed Sinatra to go enroll in Journalism class, studying English, typing, and shorthand. Finally, the editor relented and made Frank a cub sports reporter. Frank covered various school games he actually played himself. He was 18 years old at the time. (1)
During this time Sinatra also preformed at amateur theater shows. He went from movie house to the next. He won a prize on a Major Bowes Hour, which landed him his first professional contract for one hundred and twenty five dollars a week for being a singer, head writer, master of ceremonies, and comedian at a country roadhouse called Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. (1) In 1939 Sinatra began working on a radio station WNEW in New York with Band leader Harry James for seventy-five dollars a week. Six months with the...