Mia Farrow visits Frank Sinatra on the set of Von Ryan’s Express, 1964
Frank Sinatra and Jack Benny on the set of The Jack Benny Program, 1951
Frank Sinatra at a Capitol Records recording session in Los Angeles, 1957. Photographed by Sid Avery.
Jack Benny and Frank Sinatra look over a script while preparing for a radio show, c. 1944
Frank Sinatra clowning around with spaghetti for a commercial on The Frank Sinatra Show, c. 1952
“He was the epitome of what singing is all about, beautiful sounds, smooth as silk, effortless, impeccable phrasing, stylish, intelligent and full of heart.” - Barbara Streisand
Francis Albert Sinatra aka Frank Sinatra | December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998
Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra!
(December 12, 1915-May 14, 1998)
When Frank sings a song, he wraps himself around it and sinks himself into it. You can just feel every syllable and you know his soul is in it. Sinatra leaves behind a legacy of music, a legacy that will live forever. Five hundred years from now, people will be listening to his recordings and they’ll say, ‘There was only one Sinatra.’ And that’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. -Tony Bennett
This man is a giant. Not that there aren’t other good singers around. But he has imagination and scope of the rarest. After all these years, there is still no one who can approach him. -Nelson Riddle
What Sinatra has is beyond talent. It’s some sort of magnetism that goes in higher revolutions than that of anybody else, anybody in the whole of show business. -Billy Wilder
Right from the beginning, he was there with the truth of things in his voice. He was one of the very few singers who sang without a mask. -Bob Dylan
To hear this man control those 6,000 people in the audience in such a masterful manner convinces you he is a genius. He doesn’t just sing the lyrics, he plays the lyrics, and gets the emotion from them as though he were Shakespeare. He’s the greatest performer of song we’ve ever had. -Joshua Logan
His music helped us understand our own lives more clearly because he was authentically honest about himself. -Shirley MacLaine
There is not even the remotest possibility he will have a successor. -Benny Green
I don’t know what other singers feel when they articulate lyrics, but being an 18-karat manic-depressive and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an overacute capacity for sadness as well as elation. I know what the cat who wrote the song is trying to say. I’ve been there—and back. I guess the audience feels it along with me. They can’t help it. Sentimentality, after all, is an emotion common to all humanity.
Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald on A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim (1967)
Kim Novak watches as Frank Sinatra performs onstage at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, 1956
Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner arrive in Hawaii, 1953
Frank Sinatra and Esther Williams c. 1945