Frank Sinatra was born Francis Albert Sinatra on December 12, 1915, in an apartment at 415 Monroe Street in Hoboken, NJ. He was the only child of Italian immigrants Antonino Martino and Natalina (neé Gavarante) Sinatra. He was named after the Roman Catholic church where his parents attended mass. Due to some injuries at birth, his baptism at St. Fr...

This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of “The Voice of Frank Sinatra,” the first recorded album by the Italian-American singer from Hoboken. Through all that time, and through many labels and shifting styles—through fifty-nine albums, from those first crooner hits to the incomparable records, by turns swinging and saddened, of the nineteen-...

Without any education, but at the same time capable of singing absolutely any song, the legendary American singer Frank Sinatra is one of the most famous singers and actors, who actually changed the world. He was born in the provincial town of Hoboken, New Jersey 106 years ago. The peak of the career of Frank Sinatra, marked with Oscars and nearly...

Ciao from Rome, my dear friends readers of We the Italians. Spring has come, the contagion is slowing down, the vaccination campaign is accelerating and Italy, at least from this point of view, is actually going in the right direction. We even reopened to American tourists, and about that, We the Italians is preparing a beautiful surprise for all o...

In the U.S., we celebrated Mother’s Day on May 9th this year.  As that day occurs each year, I can’t help but think of one that I’ll never forget. The story actually starts two weeks before that big day in 2002.  It was a beautiful sunny Friday and I decided to visit my customer, John Hughes, who was the Facilities Manager at Temple University’s Am...

Sometimes I feel like a time traveler trapped between the fetishized past of supposed authenticity and the hyper-speed present, where news, culture and opinion travels as fast as it’s posted on social media. In the world I grew up in, Frank Sinatra was one of the most important men in America. He embodied cool with a microphone in one hand, a drink...

In 20th century music, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley are among the greatest names, although their styles were very different. Sinatra’s crowning swing was a far cry from the rock and roll career of Presley. Nevertheless, both singers, Frank Sinatra in the 1940s and Elvis Presley about a decade later, had tremendous success. They both expanded fro...

On Dec. 12, Frank Sinatra will have turned 105. In those 100-plus years, few people in modern history have been as iconic, with as much influence on popular music as he had. His songs are timeless and his persona was legendary. I recently came across some vintage pix of "Ol' Blue Eyes," and it reminded me just how much he was a part of my "inner cu...

“Saturday Night Live” alum Joe Piscopo is taking over the airwaves for “Sunday Nights with Sinatra” on 77 WABC Radio, Page Six is told. “I am thrilled and excited,” Piscopo told us. “It’s gonna swing baby.” He joins a revamped weekend lineup — after Gristedes CEO John Catsimatidis took over the station — which includes DJ Cousin Brucie and singer T...

For 7 years I have been dealing with everything that is Italian American on a daily basis, and by now I have learned to recognize when a name comes back often, involved in many things: that is a leader of the community in which he/she lives and works. This is what happens in the Italian American community in Chicago: if there is music or the celebr...