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Francis Albert, better known as Frank Sinatra, was born December 12, 1915 , he died May 14, 1998.
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.
The Week of New Years Eve 1939, Red Skelton was performing in Shea's Theatre in Buffalo New York. He was the star of the vaudeville bill. His supporting cast consisted of Burt Lancaster doing an acrbatic act and Frank Sinatra vocalizing for Harry James and his orchestra.
Harry James hired Sinatra on a one year contract of $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
Fewer than 8,000 copies of "From the Bottom of My Heart" were sold, making the record a very rare find and is sought after by record collectors worldwide.
Sinatra released ten commercial tracks with James through 1939, including "All or Nothing At All" which had weak sales on its initial release but then sold millions of copies when re-released by Columbia at the height of Sinatra's popularity a few years later.
On January 26, 1940, Sinatra made his first public appearance with the Dorsey band at the Coronado Theater in Rockford, Illinois. In his first year with Dorsey, Sinatra released more than forty songs, with "I'll Never Smile Again" topping the charts for twelve weeks beginning in mid-July.
Sinatra's relationship with Tommy Dorsey was troubled, because of their contract, which awarded Dorsey one-third of Sinatra's lifetime earnings in the entertainment industry.
In January of 1942, Sinatra recorded his first solo sessions without the Dorsey band.
These sessions were released commercially on the Bluebird label. Sinatra left the Dorsey band late in 1942 in an incident that started rumors of Sinatra's involvement with the Mafia.
In 1945, Sinatra co-starred with Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson in Anchors Aweigh. That same year, he was loaned out to RKO to star in a short film titled The House I Live In.
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, this film on tolerance and racial equality earned a special Academy Award shared among Sinatra and those who brought the film to the screen, along with a special Golden Globe for "Promoting Good Will". 1946 saw the release of his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, and the debut of his own weekly radio show.
By the end of 1948, Frank Sinatra felt that his career was stalling, something that was confirmed when he slipped to No. 4 on Down Beat's annual poll of most popular singers behind Billy Eckstine, Frankie Laine, and Bing Crosby.
The year 1949 saw an upswing, as Frank co-starred with Gene Kelly in Take Me Out to the Ball Game. It was well received critically and became a major commercial success. That same year, Sinatra teamed up with Kelly for a third time in On the Town.
Sinatra had three children, Nancy, Frank Jr., and Tina, all with his first wife, Nancy Barbato (married 1939–1951). He was married three more times, to actresses Ava Gardner (1951–1957) and Mia Farrow (1966–1968) and finally to Barbara Marx who he married in 1976, to whom he was still married at his death.
Next time you are in town and are a fan of the Frank Sinatra era, then chances are you remember Red Skelton.
Check out the only family friendly comedy show formerly of Las Vegas and currently in Pigeon Forge TN by CLICKING HERE or on Show Schedule link above to reserve your seats to Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red, A Tribute to Red Skelton.
We wish you a safe journey to Pigeon Forge and may God Bless.
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