1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Frank Sinatra (born December 12, 1915)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Young At Heart 1954
He also had hits with Learnin’ the Blues and Love and Marriage in 1955, Hey Jealous Lover in 1956, All the Way in 1957, and Witchcraft in 1958.
Recording career on the charts: 1942-1980 Record Labels: Columbia & Capitol
Francis Albert Sinatra, the greatest popular singer of the 20th century, was an only child, born in Hoboken, New Jersey. He dropped out of high school to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Bing Crosby. In 1935, he won first prize on a radio talent show, ‘Major Bowes Amateur Hour.’ Trumpeter Harry James discovered the youngster and a year later, with Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra, the classic crooning began. Second wife, movie star, Ava Gardner helped secure her husband a role in 1953’s ‘From Here to Eternity.’ He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He gave a riveting performance in ‘The Man With the Golden Arm’ and again in the psychodrama ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ while appearing in light musical films like ‘High Society,’ ‘Young at Heart,’ and ‘Pal Joey.’ Frank Sinatra and his classy pals, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop, often called the Rat Pack, performed together in Las Vegas with a hip, relaxed humor. ‘Old Blue Eyes’ collaborations with arranger Nelson Riddle produced some of the most popular concept albums of the fifties—‘Songs for Young Lovers,’ ‘A Swingin’ Affair,’ ‘Come Fly With Me,’ ‘In the Wee Small Hours,’ and ‘Songs for Swingin’ Lovers.’ Frank Sinatra died in 1998 at age 82.