It helped keep him at the top of his game." He got his first break in 1935 when his mother persuaded a local singing group, the 3 Flashes, to let him join.
Fred Tamburro, the group's baritone, stated that "Frank hung around us like we were gods or something", admitting that they only took him on board because he owned a car In March 1939, saxophone player Frank Mane, who knew Sinatra from Jersey City radio station WAAT where both performed on live broadcasts, arranged for him to audition and record "Our Love", his first solo studio recording.
Sinatra had several violent confrontations, usually with journalists he felt had crossed him, or work bosses with whom he had disagreements.
He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997.
He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants, Sinatra began his musical career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey.
Sinatra was also the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
After his death, American music critic Robert Christgau called him "the greatest singer of the 20th century", Sinatra weighed 13.5 pounds (6.1 kg) at birth and had to be delivered with the aid of forceps, which caused severe scarring to his left cheek, neck, and ear, and perforated his ear drum, damage that remained for life.
To prove her wrong when she belittled his choice of career ...
Their friction first had shaped him; that, I think, had remained to the end and a litmus test of the grit in his bones.
He asked Dorsey to be godfather to his daughter Nancy in June 1940.