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Frank Sinatra, 1915-1998
Born Hoboken, New Jersey
Singer-actor Frank Sinatra, one of the most dominant American entertainers of the twentieth century, was a teen idol crooner in his twenties and a critical success in his thirties. After launching an Oscar-winning film career, reviving his reputation as a singer after a slump, and gaining “rat pack” celebrity, he was, by age fifty, a cultural icon. Ed Sorel’s drawing of Sinatra, depicting the singer at a peak moment of popularity and influence, appeared on the cover of the April 1966 issue of Esquire magazine. It accompanied Gay Talese’s article, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” a celebrated example of “New Journalism” that described the extensive entourage that enabled his recordings and his concert, nightclub, radio, television, and film appearances. “A Sinatra with a cold,” Talese argued, “can, in a small way, send vibrations through the entertainment industry and beyond.”
Edward Sorel, 1966
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