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Frank Sinatra

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In the 1950s and '60s, there erupted into the world's consciousness a series of celebrities so unique and identifiable, from several different public arenas, that they were known by only one name. It was as if those were names were mythical and could not possibly be mistaken for anyone else. Elvis. Martin and Malcolm. Marilyn. John Paul George and Ringo. Ali. And Sinatra.

Frank Sinatra released hit albums for half a century. His career began to take off when he was singing in swing bands led by Harry James and Tommy Dorsey; near its end, he recorded duets with Luther Vandross and with Bono. Fans who consider Sinatra a pop singer point mainly to his repertoire; those who consider him a jazz singer point mainly to the phrasing and timing of his delivery. In his prime, Sinatra dominated the pop musical landscape in a way that very few artists ever do—not just by skilled technique but by force of personality and will.

Sinatra endured all the changes in popular music from the mid-1940s through the early '90s, from the end of the big band era, into and then past the rock and roll age, into the age of hip-hop and digital sampling. He worked with the best bandleaders, musicians and arrangers, including Count Basie, Nelson Riddle, Jobim, Billy May, and Claus Ogerman. He drew mainly from the classic American songbook of Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, and others. To borrow an expression from another time, he was as nasty as he wanna be. He was the Chairman of the Board. When he took that stage, he took it.

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