JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 1795JFK+50 SPECIAL POSTING: FRANK SINATRA BORN 100 YEARS AGO TODAY
Hoboken, New Jersey (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, December 12, 1915, future singer-actor-Hollywood icon Francis Albert Sinatra* was born here in Hoboken.
Frank Sinatra is described by Stephen Holden of the New York Times as "the first modern pop superstar...(whose) most far-reaching acclaim was infusing popular song with intimate personal emotion."
Mr. Holden writes that "everything (Sinatra) recorded made sound intensely personal."
Sinatra was a big supporter of Senator John F. Kennedy's candidacy for President of the United States in 1960.
Another Kennedy connection came from the fact that Sinatra's "Rat Pack" included JFK's brother-in-law Peter Lawford.
*Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was born in Hoboken, NJ. He was expelled from high school as a freshman, and later joined the Hoboken Four. In 1939 he released his 1st single, "From the Bottom of My Heart."
Sinatra joined the Tommy Dorsey Band and had more than 40 songs in one year. By 1941, he was a star particularly among the "bobby soxers" or teenage girls of the 40s.
"Frank Sinatra: A Hundred Years On, the Voice Resonates Still," by Stephen Holden, The New York Times, December 11, 2015, www.nytimes.com/