In this exclusive extract from a new book by Charles Pignone, the extraordinary career of the Chairman of the Board is celebrated in photos and personal recollections.
Sinatra never needed an introduction. In nightclubs and on concert stages, in saloons and on screen, Frank was always the centre of attention. From New York to London and Las Vegas to Tokyo, he wowed the world over; a genuinely singular sensation, timeless and everlasting.
The story of Frank Sinatra is that of someone born into humble beginnings who became one of the most famous and celebrated entertainers of his time.
His was a life full of courageous decisions: quitting high school to pursue a music career, leaving Tommy Dorsey's band to go solo, starting his own record label, speaking and fighting against racial intolerance and bigotry… it goes on and on.
In the mercurial music business it takes only a millisecond for artists and careers to come and go. Five years is a lifetime; a decade signifies an eternity. How do you classify a musician whose first commercial recording was in 1939 and was still at it in 1993?
As we celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth, the world needs the man and his music more than ever.
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