When I was 13, I fell in love with Frank Sinatra. Yes, you read that correctly, I fell in love with Frank Sinatra when I was 13. I discovered a Frank Sinatra CD one Saturday afternoon when I was going through my dad's CD collection. At this time, in the fall of 2008, I was still in love with the Jonas Brothers and had never listened to a Sinatra song. The CD belonged to my late grandfather, and I decided to see what this Sinatra guy was all about. Little did I know, I would end up naming my puppy after him two months later.
Dec. 12, 2015, marks Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, which is why I felt inclined to dedicate this week's article to him. Although Sinatra died in 1998, he is still considered to be one of the most popular singers of all time.
He was The Voice
The Voice was one of Sinatra's famous nicknames. Sinatra sang some of the most popular love songs of all time, and they never seem to go out of style. Also, his version of "New York, New York" is still so popular that they play it in Times Square soon after the ball drops on New Year's Eve.
The Rat Pack
In the early 1960s, Frank Sinatra along with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawrence formed a group called the Rat Pack. All of these men either sang or acted, and they would perform in Las Vegas. They would sing and perform skits, which put on a hell of a show! Not to mention, they made the original "Oceans 11" together. These men were the definition of cool.
His bromance with Dean Martin
Dino and Frank were in the Rat Pack together, but their bromance took center stage. Frank and Dean would do concerts together, television specials, and even Christmas television specials with their families. Also, they made several films together (as one does with their best Hollywood pal).
He was an award-winning actor
Although Sinatra is primarily known as a singer, he was also an actor. Sinatra's role in "From Here to Eternity" even won him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1954! He made numerous films that ranged from musicals to dramas.
He was effortlessly cool
We all know Frank loved his fedoras, which is a hard look to pull off! Sinatra would always be dressed to the nines in a suit and tie, which never failed to impress fashion critics. Not only did he look good, but he acted cool and smooth with everything he did. After all, Sinatra was the Chairman of the Board.
His Christmas albums
Frank made several Christmas albums over the course of his career, and many of his versions of popular Christmas songs can be heard on the radio today! He even co-wrote the Christmas song "Mistletoe and Holly."
And with that, I raise my glass of Jack Daniels (Sinatra's drink of choice) to Ol' Blue Eyes.