He Sung, He Swung, He Crooned
For such a legendary singer and musician, it's hardly surprising that the birthday celebrations have been lavish! Born on 12 December 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, Frank Sinatra could hardly have guessed from his modest upbringing as the only child of Italian immigrants the success that life had in store for him. He learned music by ear, never learning to read or write it, and began singing professionally as a teenager in the 1930s. The rest, as they say, is history.
On his 64th birthday he was awarded the Grammy Trustees Award during a party at Caesar's Palace. On his 75th birthday in 1990 he celebrated with a national tour, performing for the final time with Ella Fitzgerald at the award ceremony for the Ella Award he was given that year. On his 80th birthday, the Empire State Building in New York glowed blue.
As part of his birthday celebrations in the 90s, Patrick Pasculli, Mayor in Frank's hometown, said "no other vocalist in history has sung, swung, crooned, and serenaded into the hearts of the young and the old...as this consummate artist from Hoboken".
Be serenaded by Frank Sinatra singing, swinging and crooning on this platinum playlist of some of his finest performances.