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Francis Albert Sinatra 12 December 1915 Hoboken New Jersey USA d 15 May 1998 Los Angeles California USA After working for a time in the office of a local newspaper The Jersey Observer Frank Sinatra decided to pursue a career as a singer Already an admirer of Bing Crosby he was impelled to pursue this course after attending a 1933 Crosby concert and sang whenever and wherever he could working locally in clubs and bars Then in 1935 he entered a popular US radio talent show Major Bowes Amateur Hour Also on the show was a singing trio and the four young men found themselves teamed together by the no-nonsense promoter The ad-hoc teaming worked and the group renamed The Hoboken Four won first prize Resulting from this came a succession of concert dates with the Major Bowes travelling show along with club and occasional radio dates By 1938 Sinatra was singing on several shows on each of a half-dozen radio stations sometimes for expenses - often for nothing The experience and especially the exposure were vital if he was to be recognized Among the bands with which he performed was one led by songwriter Harold Arlen but in 1939 shortly after he married his childhood sweetheart Nancy Barbato he was heard and hired by Harry James who had only recently formed his own big band James recognized Sinatras talent from the beginning and also identified the source of his determination to succeed his massive self-confidence and powerful ego During their brief association James remarked to an interviewer His name is Sinatra and he considers himself the greatest vocalist in the business Get that No ones even heard of him Hes never had a hit record and he looks like a wet rag but he says hes the greatest In 1939 and early 1940 Sinatra made a number of records with James and began to develop a small following His records with James included My
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