He is the Voice of excellence, one of the most influential singers and entertainers of the last century, both in the US and worldwide. Do you know who we’re talking about? Here’s another clue: he’s the voice behind the iconic song praising New York City, and another asking to be flown to the moon.

Of course we talking about the great Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 today!

 

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Sinatra was born in New Jersey, with Italian origins (both of his parents were Italian!), and since the very beginning he loved the world of show business. He is said to have started performing at a young age doing imitations, and during his college years he entered the New York music scene, doing some small performances throughout bars in the Big Apple. But something much bigger was waiting for him. Once his music and unique voice were brought to the attention of the world, he achieved global success and popularity, becoming one of the most influential artists of all time.

He had a full and exciting career. Sinatra recorded more than two thousand songs for a total of 166 albums, and he dedicated himself, with success, to breaking into Hollywood. He was surrounded and adored by many famous people of his time, including his friends John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Marilyn Monroe, with whom it’s been said that he had a brief romance.

 

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Frank Sinatra knew exactly how to win over his audience by using his charm, his style, but most importantly – his beautiful voice. Obviously, New York has to express its gratitude for the iconic artist, so here are some suggestions if you would like to join the celebration of this important anniversary.

Until December 26, at Cafe Noctambulo in the East Village of Manhattan, every Friday and Saturday night, you can enjoy a musical tribute directed by Eric Comstock, Christopher Gines, and jazz singer Harmony Keeney. Another series of performances will take place on December 12, 19 and 26 at The Carnegie Club in New York, with the participation of Steve Maglio & The Stan Rubin Orchestra.

For those who are not able to attend these concert tributes, on December 18th, you can listen to the broadcast of Lincoln Center’s Sinatra: Voice For A Century, filmed on December 3, in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, and with the participation of Christina Aguilera, Sting, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, Chris Botti, Fantasy, Billy Porter and Kyle Dean Massey.

 

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Those on the West Coast shouldn’t miss the exhibition dedicated to Ol’ Blue Eyes at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Until the February 15th you have the opportunity to see inside the famous singer’s world.

Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra!

 

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