Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998), often called Old Blue Eyes, was an American singer and actor.
Beginning his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra became a successful solo artist in the early to mid-1940s, being the idol of the "bobby soxers." His professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, but it was reborn in 1954 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity, a movie based on James Jones' novel about United States Army life in Hawaii prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Sinatra continued his career as both an actor and a singer well into the 1970s, when he briefly retired. He returned in short order, and found new success right up through the 1990s. His recordings, including posthumously released new compilations and previously unreleased tracks, have continued to sell very well through the 2000s.
Frank Sinatra in "News From the Front"
In the aftermath of the United States' entry into World War II, Variety reported that a New Jersey crooner was releasing a single entitled "Ain't Gonna Study War No More", with B-side called "Swing for Peace".
The story does not specify that the singer is Sinatra, but he was the definitive "New Jersey crooner" of that time period.
- Musical References in Turtledove's Work#Frank Sinatra, for more minor references to Sinatra in Turtledove's work.
- Trash Can Sinatras, a Scottish band named for Sinatra.
- See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pg. 91, HC.