Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

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20 years ago, May 14, 1998 died on the world-famous American singer and actor Frank Sinatra. After his death in the newspapers wrote that with his departure ended the twentieth century. He really was a legend not only in the world of music. And during his lifetime, and in our time of it there were a lot of rumors saying that he was associated with the Mafia, which has completely lost his voice, and even tried to commit suicide. His name is overgrown with myths, many of which had little to do with reality ...

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

Frank Sinatra in his youth

Francis Albert Sinatra was born in 1915 in America in a family of Italian immigrants. At birth it happened the first miracle in his life: the birth was difficult, the child had to pull with forceps, with his damaged face and the eardrum in the ear. Newborn no signs of life, and the doctor decided that he was born dead. Grandma grabbed the boy in his arms and dipped it in cold water, after which he suddenly shouted.

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

After the injuries sustained at birth, Frank remained injured ear and a scar from the corner of his mouth to his chin, and as a child he was teased "Scarface." Subsequently, he constantly had to hide from the photographers left side of the face to hide defects. The singer has always worried about her appearance, and from complexes because of a lack of high growth - 170 cm, so he wore special shoes, which made it above a few centimeters.

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

of the famous singer's reputation has never been perfect. From a young age, he grew up a bully and deliver a lot of problems to parents. From his youth, he is more interested in music, singing and movies than studies, and in 1931 he was expelled from school. With 13 years Frank earned by singing and playing the ukulele, speaking in bars. Sinatra later than once found himself in police station: one in a nightclub one of his fans attacked his wife, and he stood up in its defense, and then he was responsible before the law for an affair with a married woman, which at that time was considered a criminal offense.

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

There was no doubt about the talent of Frank Sinatra, but there were many rumors that his concerts sold out in 1940. were proplachennymi. Allegedly the singer's agent paid the girl $ 5 for ensuring that they are each time it appears, squealed with delight. Thus he wanted to draw more attention to Sinatra. However, fans had really been very much, and they really went after him in droves. At the beginning of the 1940s. he became one of the most popular singers in the United States, and his songs were headed all charts.

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

The fact that the singer, many problems solved by money, a lot of talking. So, for a long time it was rumored that he bought off from military service. But in fact he was found unfit for service due to damaged at birth eardrum. All his life did not cease, and rumors that the singer was closely associated with the Mafia. Sinatra did not hide that he was personally acquainted with many criminal authorities. They said that in the mid-1940s. he had brought on their behalf in Cuba 3, $ 5 million: at the customs of his case have not been able to check carefully because of the fact that the singer surrounded the crowd of fans. In 1960, the singer bought the casino, but when it became clear that one of its partners was the gangster Sam Giancana, the actor had to give up its stake in the business for the sake of reputation. Sinatra was suspected of money laundering in connection with drug dealers in the bribery of politicians, but no official confirmation of this was not.

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

Sinatra called the prototype of the singer Johnny Fontaine - one of the heroes of the novel "The Godfather." He denied it, but after his death the daughter of Tina admitted that at the dawn of his career mafia really invested in its advertising, costumes and musical instruments - for a percentage of concert fees. However, agree that the star of "mediocre singer" lit solely due to the mafia money, as has often been written in the press, of course, is impossible - Sinatra was one of the brightest and most talented American artists of the twentieth century. In addition, the majority of institutions, where they played jazz bands in the 1940s., Were under the control of the people from the criminal world, and make a musical career outside of their influence has been extremely problematic.

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

At the beginning of the 1950s. Sinatra's fame faded interest in him began to fade. This period in the life of Sinatra was the most dramatic. The creative life has come a protracted crisis in relations with the women of the drama occurred: his first wife Nancy Barbato, in marriage with whom he lived for many years and has three children, found out about his affair with Ava Gardner and filed for divorce. But the actress, too, could not give him happiness, for it then the first place was her career, and her plan was not the birth of children. In 1951, they were married, and divorced after 6 years. After experienced stress and severe cold Sinatra caught a bad cold and lost his voice.

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

One day on the street, he saw a crowd of fans, is expected to address a new star - Eddie Fisher, and his concerts in New York canceled one after another, to the same he was fired from the radio, where he led his own show. Sinatra returned to his apartment, turned on the gas and put his head in the oven. Fortunately, his agent arrived in time and saved the singer.

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

Frank Sinatra and Barbara Marx

However, Sinatra managed to cope with all the problems and to regain its former glory. When he had a problem with the voice, he began to act in films. In 1953 he received the "Oscar" for the film "Now and forever and ever" as Best Supporting Actor. In 1954-1965 gg. Sinatra starred in 12 films. And after the voice has recovered, he again began to speak, to the studio and release new albums. In 1960-ies. he again became a star №1. The song "Strangers in the Night" and "Something 'Stupid" took first place music charts. It was called the only singer who could adulthood repeat the success of his younger years. Establish and personal life: in 1966, became the third wife of the singer actress Mia Farrow. However, their marriage lasted only one year. A fourth wife, Barbara Marx remained with him until his last days.

Voice of America Frank Sinatra: Truths and Myths

Frank Sinatra continued to tour until the end of the 1970s. In 1979 he wrote his famous song "New York, New York", which was widely seen as a farewell to the legendary singer from the American scene. After that, he appeared rarely, which is why there were rumors that he was ill deadly disease. However, this is not true. The last time he came on the scene in 1995. He had to sing with a teleprompter - summed memory, but one critic quipped, "Sinatra - Colosseum: partially destroyed, but still fascinating." May 14, 1998 82-year-old Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack.