Frank Sinatra, five parts of a remarkable life

May 13, 2018 371

Crooner, charmer and fighter: Frank Sinatra died 20 years ago, leaving an indelible mark on the world. Born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra — the son of Italian immigrants — cut his first record in 1939 and three years later was a star. Over his lifetime, the elegant and clean-cut performer produced more than 100 records and dozens of hits such as "Strangers in the Night," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "My Way."

His singing career saw highs but also lows, during which he turned to Hollywood, winning an Oscar in 1953 for the World War II army drama "From Here to Eternity." On the stage into his late 70s, "The Voice" pulled in the crowds. In 1962, at the height of the Elvis Presley craze, he caused a riot at Paris's legendary Olympia venue when fans rushed to see him on stage, turned out in "a night-blue suit with a red pocket handkerchief and a bow tie," according to an AFP report.

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