Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra -- Celebrating 100 Years -- Shared by the Palm Springs Guru


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It is almost impossible, even for the young generations, not to hear the name Frank Sinatra and know who he was. Frank Sinatra, in very simple terms, was an insanely popular American singer and actor. But he was also a director and producer at one point in his life.



Born Francis Albert Sinatra, this man was born on the 12th of December in 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was the only child of Italian immigrants, Natalina Garaventa and Antonio Sinatra. According to sources, his father was a captain in the Hoboken fire department and also a lightweight boxer.



His mother had an illegal abortion business, where she provided services for free and from her own home. She was arrested multiple times but was somehow still able to provide money to her son.



Frank was never interested in school or studying whatsoever. In fact, he left school before he could graduate because he was expelled after only 47 days of attending high school.



He was arrested in 1938 for adultery and seduction, which was a crime at the time. He worked as a delivery boy in a newspaper and then was a riveter in a shipyard. But no matter what he worked as, his main and only interest was always in music.



Frank's first big break was in 1935 when he joined a local singing group, the Hoboken Four. The group even managed to appear on a very popular contest on TV and won the first prize. But then, Frank left the group and went back home to be a singer waiter.



Afterward, he released a couple singles, which are now valuable collection pieces. Then, Frank signed a contract with Tommy Dorsey to join his band, which helped him gain a lot of popularity. For many years, he tried to get out of his contract, and in 1942, he finally accomplished it.



Frank did not enlist or joined the Army when World War II began. He was actually at the peak and best moment of his career. Though many criticized him for not going to war, he went on an overseas tour to entertain many troops.



This was also the time when he began appearing in television shows. But after that, he was absent for two years. He had his own show at CBS and also debuted in Las Vegas, but his popularity started declining when he entered his mid-thirties.



His career had a rebirth when he starred in the movie From Here to Eternity, which earned him an Academy Award. After that, he signed a contract with Capitol Records, and his popularity increased more than ever before.



For an entire decade, from 1960 to 1970, Frank's career, both in movies and music, was a complete success. He was always on the top of the Billboard charts, won Grammys, and starred in the most popular movies that were released. He also appeared on a lot of TV specials with many celebrities of that decade.



In 1970, Frank decided it was time to retire and released a final song. The only time he sang during his retirement was when President Nixon asked him to at a rally in Chicago. But his retirement was not going to last that long. In 1973, he released a television special and an album, Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back.



He made many appearances afterwards, including Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, at Madison Square Garden in a televised concert, and even at the Egyptian pyramids. Frank also had a European tour with a member of one of his old groups.



So many decades had gone by, and still, Frank Sinatra kept releasing and releasing more albums: Trilogy: Past Present Future in 1980, Shot Me Down in 1981, andL.A. Is My Lady in 1984.And all of these albums got him onto Billboard charts again as well as Grammy nominations and wins.



During the first half of the 90’s, Frank was still giving concerts, which people considered as top attractions worldwide, even with his health problems. In 1994, he received the Legend Award at the Grammy Awards, and during his 80thbirthday tribute, he gave his last televised appearance, singing “New York, New York.”



Frank lived a very celebrity-like life. In fact, he is known to be one of the most famous celebrities to ever live in Palm Springs. Palm Springs is a desert resort city, which is famous for being the home of many A-listers, like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and more.



During his lifetime, Frank had three children, Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina, all from his first marriage with Nancy Sinatra. He divorced in 1951 and got married that year to actress Ava Gardener. They also divorced in 1957. He married again in 1966 to Mia Farrow, divorced her in 1968, and, finally, married Barbara Marx in 1976.



It is also known now that he had mood swings and bouts of depression. He supposedly always avoided any unglamorous surroundings and situations. He once said, "Being an 18-karat manic depressive and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as elation."



Another known thing about him was that even though he was a hero in Hoboken, his hometown, he never visited it but twice after his career and fame began.



But a rumor that hasn't been able to be confirmed or denied was his alleged personal and professional links with organized crime. The FBI always investigated him, but there was never any solid proof to accuse him.



After many years of fame and an enviable career, Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998, when he was 82 years old. He suffered a heart attack, but he was frequently hospitalized for breathing problems, high blood pressure, and dementia.



During his funeral, there were around 400 people in attendance, and there were thousands of fans outside to pay their respects.



Frank Sinatra has left a huge legacy behind him, and it really is very difficult to believe that his name to ever be forgotten. He is and surely will continue to be one of the biggest icons in music of all time.



After many years of fame and an enviable career, Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998 when he was 82 years old. He suffered a heart attack, but he was frequently hospitalized for breathing problems, high blood pressure and dementia.



During his funeral there were around 400 people in attendance, and there were thousands of fans outside too to pay their respects.



Frank Sinatra has left a huge legacy behind him, and it really is very difficult that his name will ever be forgotten. He is, and surely will continue to be, one of the biggest icons in music of all time.

The Palm Springs Guru is celebrating The occasion of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday.

Frank Sinatra told many people, many times "I love Palm Springs!" 

Frank enjoyed Palm Springs. He knew that Palm Springs is the perfect place to visit, stay, shop, dine, work, play, relax, refresh and rejuvenate.

The people of Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area, all across the United States of America and around the world remember and love Frank Sinatra. 



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