If I described someone who dropped out of high school after being kicked out for being too rowdy, lived in a rough Italian neighborhood in the heart of New Jersey with a mother who ran an illegal abortion clinic, got arrested multiple times, you’d expect this guy to have a major chip on his shoulder. Yet, this was the childhood of Francis Albert Sinatra, O.G.
Always an original, Frank was the first rock star even before rock and roll was invented. He was relentlessly hounded by the press and paparazzi. During one infamous visit to Australia, he called these reporters “fags” and “whores”. Sinatra spoke his mind and never held back. He got under the skin of Presidents, his peers, and racists for refusing to perform if blacks weren’t allowed inside. Sinatra even attacked Elvis’ music in the 50’s, calling his music “deplorable”.
Rumors swirled for years that Frank was “connected” to some of his Jersey friends including the Gambino family and Lucky Luciano. In fact, the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover investigated Frank for five decades. He was always surrounded by beautiful women, Italian businessmen, and the Vegas lifestyle, yet he was never proven to have Mafia ties. In “The Godfather” they brilliantly play up this connection with the pseudo-character Johnny Fontaine.
In an era when rappers are looking for street cred, Frank Sinatra can hold his own against the best of them. Despite his controversial temperment, there is a reason why he was nicknamed “The Voice”. His style, talent, and attitude forever changed music in the 20th Century. Here’s a video tribute to the unforgettable Frank Sinatra:
“I GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN”
“NEW YORK, NEW YORK”
“I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU”
“THE LADY IS A TRAMP”
“MY KIND OF TOWN” (is he drunk?)