Surprising Tidbits You Didn’t Know About Frank Sinatra
He was one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling more than 150 million records worldwide including “Strangers in the Night,” "Love and Marriage," "New York, New York” and “My Way.” But his beginnings were humble. He was born at home in his parents’ Hoboken, New Jersey, apartment on December 12, 1915. He became one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the mid-20th century – Frankie, “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” “the Chairman of the Board” – Frank Sinatra.
Although you know his music, you probably didn’t know he was heavily involved in politics, campaigning enthusiastically for presidents Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Right around the time of JFK's death, rumors begin swirling about Sinatra’s alleged Mafia connections – and he was snubbed by a decade of politicians until Reagan embraced him. They had been friends in Hollywood.
He almost didn’t survive his birth. After hours of labor, he was blue and not breathing when finally delivered with forceps. Thought to be stillborn, he was laid aside in the kitchen while the doctor worked to save his mother, Natalina "Dolly" Sinatra. His grandmother picked him up and thought she sensed life. She held him under the kitchen sink’s cold running water and, sure enough, he cried out in protest – wailing his first notes.