Frank Sinatra Greatest Hits

 

Frank Sinatra Overview

Color Photo of a Young Frank Sinatra

Color Photo of a Young Frank Sinatra

The Frank Sinatra greatest hit’s is a review of his career as an American singer and film actor. He was born Francis Albert Sinatra on December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey and died at the age of 82 on May 14, 1998. He is known as Frank or “Ol Blue Eyes” among friends. During his career Frank Sinatra sold over 150 million records, which places him on the all-time best sellers list of artists that sold over 80 million copies world-wide. Here is the rest of his story…

Childhood

Frank was the only child of Italian immigrants Natalie Garaventa and Antonino Martino Sinatra and was raised a Roman Catholic.  American publisher and writer Bennett Cerf says that Sinatra’s father was a lightweight boxer who fought under the name Marty O’Brien and served with the Hoboken Fire Department as a Captain. His mother, known as Dolly, was influential in the neighborhood and in local Democratic Party circles.

Color Picture of Frank Sinatra Older

Color Picture of Frank Sinatra Older

Sinatra left high school without graduating having attended only 47 days before being expelled because of his rowdy conduct. In 1938, Sinatra was arrested for “carrying on” with a married woman, a criminal offense at the time. For his livelihood, he worked as a delivery boy at the Jersey Observer newspaper, and later as a riveter at the Tietjan and Lang shipyard, but music was Sinatra’s main interest, and he listened carefully to big band jazz. He began singing for tips at the age of eight, standing on top of the bar at a local nightclub in Hoboken. Sinatra began singing professionally as a teenager in the 1930s although he learned music by ear and never learned how to read music.

Music Career

Sinatra got his first break in 1935 when his mother persuaded a local singing group, “The Three Flashes”, to let him join. With Sinatra, the group became known as the “Hoboken Four“, and they sufficiently impressed Edward Bowes. After appearing on his show, Major Bowes Amateur Hour, they attracted 40,000 votes and won first prize – a six-month contract to perform on stage and radio across the United States. Sinatra left the Hoboken Four and returned home in late 1935. His mother secured him a job as a singing waiter and MC at the Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, for which he was paid $15 a week.

On March 18, 1939, Sinatra made a demo recording of a song called “Our Love“, with the Frank Mane band. The record has “Frank Sinatra” signed on the front. The bandleader kept the original record in a safe for nearly 60 years. In June, Harry James hired Sinatra for a one-year contract at $75 a week. It was with the James band that Sinatra released his first commercial record “From the Bottom of My Heart” in July 1939— US Brunswick No. 8443 and UK Columbia #DB2150 which did not make the charts.

Oh What It Seemed To Be Frank Sinatra 78rpm Record

Oh What It Seemed To Be Frank Sinatra 78rpm Record

His first charted single was “Night And Day” in 1942, and reached #16 on the pop chart. Sinatra’s first #1 song was “All Or Nothing At All” in 1943, and stayed at #1 for 2 weeks. His biggest hit in the 40’s was “Oh! What It Seemed To Be” in 1946, and went to #1 and stayed there for 8 weeks. From 1942 through 1954, Frank Sinatra had a total of 102 charted singles. From 1955 through 1980, he had an additional 75 charted singles, with eight bubbling under the Hot 100. His last solo charted #1 song was “Strangers In The Night” in 1966, which was #1 for one week. His last charted #1 single was “Somethin’ Stupid” with his daughter Nancy in 1967, which was #1 for 4 weeks and was his last top ten hit. Sinatra’s last recorded single on the Hot 100 chart was “Theme From New York, New York” in 1980, and reached #32.

In total, Frank Sinatra had a total of 7 #1’s, 49 Top 10, 82 Top 20, 130 Top 40 hits, and 40 top ten albums from 1942 through 1980 on the pop charts. He won a total of eleven Grammy awards. He was inducted into the Your Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2007 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2008. Billboard ranked Frank Sinatra as the #8 artist of the 50’s, #28 artist of the sixties, and #29 artist of all-time from 1955-2010.

On the Adult Contemporary chart, Frank Sinatra had a total of 5 #1’s, 20 Top 10, 34 Top 20, & 45 Top 40 hits. He is ranked as the #10 artist of all-time from 1961-2001.

Movie Career

Sinatra was an original member of the “Rat Pack” in the fifties and became the leading member after the death of Humphrey Bogart, in 1957. Sinatra enjoyed a huge film career and began making movies almost as soon as his singing career took off.

Frank Sinatra In The Film From Here To Eternity Photo

Frank Sinatra In The Film From Here To Eternity Photo

His most important pictures include “The Manchurian Candidate” with Angela Lansbury, “From Here to Eternity” with Burt Lancaster, in which he won an Academy Award for his role in that film. His other films include: “Suddenly” with Sterling Hayden, “The Man with the Golden Arm” with Arnold Stang, “Kings Go Forth” with Natalie Wood, “Guys and Dolls” with Marlon Brando, “High Society” with Bing Crosby, “Pal Joey” with Rita Hayworth, “Some Came Running” with Dean Martin, “Never So Few” with Steve McQueen, “A Hole in the Head”, with Edward G. Robinson, “Meet Danny Wilson”, “On the Town” with Gene Kelly, “Robin and the 7 Hoods” with Bing Crosby, “Ocean’s 11” and “Sergeants 3” with the Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jur., Peter Lawford, and Joey Biship), “Step Lively”, “None But the Brave” (directed by Sinatra, “The Detective” with Lee Remick, “Come Blow Your Horn” with Lee J. Cobb and Barbars Rush, “The Pride and the Passion” starring Cary Grant, and “Von Ryan’s Express”. He appeared in a total of 57 films over his lengthy career.

Number One Hits

Below is a complete listing of all of Frank Sinatra’s top ten and number one singles on the Pop Charts, Hot 100 chart, and the Adult Contemporary chart. The list will include the title, date song hit #1 and number of weeks song held the #1 position ().

Pop Chart

  1. All Or Nothing At All – September 11, 1943 #1 (2)
  2. Oh! What It Seemed To Be – March 23, 1946 #1 (8)
  3. Five Minutes More – September 14, 1946 #1 (4)
  4. Mam’selle – May 31, 1947 #1 (1)
  5. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy – February 25, 1950 #10
  6. Goodnight Irene – August 5, 1950 #5
  7. One Finger Melody – November 4, 1950 #9
  8. Castle Rock – September 1, 1951 #8
  9. I’m Walking Behind You – May 16, 1953 #7
  10. Young At Heart – February 13, 1954 #2 (1)
  11. Three Coins In The Fountain – May 29, 1954 #4
  12. Learning The Blues – July 9, 1955 #1 (2)
  13. Love And Marriage – November 5, 1955 #5
  14. The Tender Trap – December 10, 1955 #7
  15. Hey! Jealous Lover – October 27, 1956 #3 (1)
  16. All The Way – October 28, 1957 #2 (1)
  17. Witchcraft – January 20, 1958 #6

Hot 100 Chart

Somethin Stupid Frank and Nancy Sinatra Reprise Label 45

Somethin Stupid Frank and Nancy Sinatra Reprise Label 45

  1. Strangers In The Night – July 2, 1966 #1 (1)
  2. That’s Life – November 19, 1966 #4
  3. Somethin’ Stupid – April 15, 1967 #1 (4)

Adult Contemporary Chart

Below is a complete listing of all of Frank Sinatra’s #1 & top-ten hits. The #1 hits are in bold and the weeks at #1, #2, & #3 in ().

  1. Pocketful Of Miracles – January 6, 1962 #9
  2. Softly I Leave You – September 5, 1964 #4
  3. Somewhere In Your Heart – December 19, 1964 4
  4. When Somebody Loves You – September 4, 1965 #10
  5. It Was A Very Good Year – February 5, 1966 #1 (1)
  6. Strangers In The Night – June 4, 1966 #1 (7)
  7. Summer Wind – October 15, 1966 #1 (1)
  8. That’s Life – December 31, 1966 #1 (3)
  9. Somethin’ Stupid – April 1, 1967 #1 (9)
  10. The World We Knew (Over And Over) – September 2, 1967 #1 (5)
  11. I Can’t Believe I’m Losing You – April 13, 1968 #4
  12. Cycles – October 19, 1968 #2 (3)
  13. My Way Of Life – August 24, 1968 #3
  14. Rain In My Heart – December 28, 1968 #3
  15. My Way – March 29, 1969 #2 (3)
  16. Love’s Been G To Me – September 13, 1969 #8
  17. I Would Be In Love – March 21, 1970 #8
  18. Anytime (I’ll Be There) April 12, 1975 #10
  19. I Believe I’m Gonna Love You – August 2, 1975 #2 (1)
  20. Theme From New York, New York – May 3, 1980 #10

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