A young Frank Sinatra, dapper and rebellious from birth
A formal portrait of Sinatra around age six.
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On Dec. 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra was born in a tenement in New Jersey, the son of Italian immigrants Natalina Garaventa and Antonino Sinatra. His delivery was rough, leaving him with a perforated eardrum and scarring on his neck, cheek and ear
As a young child, his parents ran an illegal tavern (which was ignored by local authorities) where he would occasionally sing for pocket change.
Sinatra listened to the radio constantly, developing his voice and trying to emulate his idol, Bing Crosby.
Though his parents recognized his vocal talents, they encouraged him to find traditional employment, especially after he was expelled from high school for “general rowdiness.” Read more…