When Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, the world was given the greatest friend a song and songwriter would ever know.
Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A. system), he eventually got work as a band singer, first with The Hoboken Four then with Harry James, then Tommy Dorsey. In 1942 he started his solo career, instantly finding fame as the king of the bobbysoxers, becoming the most popular singer of the era among teenage music fans.
With “Sinatra-Mania” in full swing, Frank scored a phenomenal 23 Top 10 singles between 1940 and early 1943 alone, and was nicknamed “The Voice” by his fans.
To celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes today, Performing Songwriter takes a look at five songs he made famous, and the writers behind them.