For fans of all generations, Sinatra is many things. For women who were coming of age in the 1940’s, he was their teenage idol. Music and movie fans in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, remember him as both a respected musician and an Oscar winning actor.
Without knowing it, Frank Sinatra would pave the way for popular music as we know it today. Unlike other artists, Sinatra was included in the conception and recording of his albums. He created the concept album that would later become a staple of the top 40 charts. Every musician since then, regardless of the genre of music that they perform, owes this man a debt of gratitude.
He was also an activist for a better future. Including Sammy Davis Jr. in the Rat Pack during the upheaval of the Civil Rights movement was revolutionary in the 1960’s. He was an outspoken supporter of Israel.
In his prime, Sinatra was the epitome of cool. While his swagger and style has been replicated over the years, it has never been truly duplicated.
In the end, he lived the way he wanted to live.
Happy Birthday, Frank. May you live on forever.