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See Article History Alternative Title: Upon hearing the recordings of Bing CrosbySinatra was inspired as a teenager to choose popular singing as a vocation.
The group toured the country that year, but Sinatra was the only member with serious musical ambitions, and they soon disbanded. For the next few years, Sinatra sang with local dance bands and for remote radio broadcasts.
Inwhile singing and waiting tables at the Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, he was discovered and hired by trumpeter Harry Jameswho had recently quit the Benny Goodman Orchestra to start his own band.
The 83 commercial recordings as well as several surviving air checks that Sinatra went on to make with the Dorsey band from to represent his first major body of work.
Look at Me Now. Dorsey enjoyed having such a popular performer in his band and became irate when Sinatra expressed his desire to leave, even though Sinatra offered to stay with the band for another year.
After months of bitter negotiations, Sinatra left the Dorsey organization in late ; within weeks, he was a cultural phenomenon. His solo recording career for Columbia Records began in earnest in Novemberwhen he compensated for lost time by recording dozens of sides within a three-month period.
His chief arranger during these years was Axel Stordahl, who also left Dorsey in late to work exclusively with Sinatra. In later years, he speculated that his sudden drop in popularity was because of his reluctance to change styles and evolve musically.
He also garnered a great deal of negative press throughout — It was about this time that the public first read reports of his friendships with organized-crime figures, and newspaper accounts were published of Sinatra cavorting in Cuba with the likes of Lucky Luciano and Joe Fischetti, a prominent mob figure.
There was also the widely reported incident, and resulting lawsuit, in which Sinatra punched gossip columnist Lee Mortimer, an action for which Sinatra received some vindication in later years when it was revealed that Mortimer had collaborated with the FBI to discredit Sinatra.
Whatever the cause, Sinatra began a five-year period of professional decline and personal depression. Years of singing as many as songs per day had taken its toll, and he lost his voice completely for several months in because of vocal-chord hemorrhaging. His divorce from first wife, Nancy, in and his subsequent stormy marriage to actress Ava Gardner further harmed his reputation.
In addition, then-new Columbia Records president Mitch Miller cajoled Sinatra to record several banal novelty tunes that compromised his artistic credibility.
In his Columbia recording contract came due and was not renewed, he was dropped by his talent agency, his network television show was canceled, and Sinatra was considered a has-been. The actor Sinatra appeared in several films throughout the s, the best among them being the musicals in which he costarred with dancer Gene Kelly.
Of these, Anchors Aweigh and Take Me Out to the Ballgame are pleasant diversions, whereas On the Town ranks among the greatest of film musicals. He pleaded with Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn for the role of the scrappy, tragic soldier, Maggio, in From Here to Eternityand he agreed to work for scale.
His performance was universally praised and earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor. With the possible exception of Bing Crosby, no other American entertainer achieved such a level of respect and popularity as both singer and actor. In later years, he was memorable in The Detectiveand in his final starring vehicle, The First Deadly Sin He signed with Capitol Records and, throughout the next nine years, issued a series of recordings widely regarded as his finest body of work.
His new approach also demanded new arrangements, and the in-house arrangers at Capitol were among the best. His failed marriage to Gardner infused his ballad singing with a heretofore unseen emotional urgency and plaintive quality, although he eschewed anything that approached heart-on-the-sleeve histrionics.
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