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Saturday, October 2, 2021
Italian American Heritage Month: Frank Sinatra
Some people may remember Frank Sinatra for hits like "My Way," his Oscar-winning performance in From Here to Eternity and his adventures with the Rat Pack. But the truth is that his career spanned so much more than most others that it almost leaves you breathless. This New jersey native and proud son of Italian immigrants arguably did more than any other individual to shape the course of American entertainment and popular culture during the second half of the 20th century and even into the new millennium. He was the first bona fide teen idol, remaking classic songs with his distinct imprint, as well as the first singer to find sustained success on the big screen. By the time Ol' Blue Eyes formed his own record label in 1960, he also packed enough clout to help drive John F. Kennedy'spresidential campaign and then, later, the campaign of Ronald Reagan. Sinatra spanned all media and both political parties. Altogether, the 150 million-plus records sold, 11 Grammy Awards, his Oscar and Presidential Medal of Freedom barely scratch the surface of his outsized impact over nearly 60 years in the public eye. His is the music of our lives and his voice is heard somewhere in the world at every minute of every day. His legacy remains immeasurable.
Part of a month long series spotlighting a different accomplished Italian American every day during Italian American Heritage Month.