Frank Sinatra's Recording Debut
July 13, 1939
flocked to see him. Women swooned. Just a few years after he made his
recording debut with the Harry James band on July 13, 1939, Frank
Sinatra became a teenage heartthrob. He was born on December 12, 1915.
Sinatra was more than just an overnight sensation. Unlike other pop
artists, Sinatra's career didn't end after five or ten years but lasted
more than half a century. He performed for millions, including
presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and his recordings still
appeal to audiences of all ages.
When you were younger you may
have sung a song that Sinatra made famous. Do you know what it was?
"High Hopes," the song about the ant and the rubber tree plant, was
one of many songs written for Frank Sinatra. Children sing it in school,
but Sinatra's recording of it won an Academy Award in 1959. Sinatra was
also a talented actor. He won an Academy Award for his performance in
"From Here to Eternity." If you like to watch old movies, you've
probably already seen Sinatra in at least one of the more than 30 other
films he made, including "Guys and Dolls," "High Society" and "Pal
Sinatra continued to perform until February 1995. On May
14, 1998, the man the world knew as "Old Blue Eyes" died, but through
his recordings and movies, he gains new fans everyday. Are you one of