Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack
Frank Sinatra flourished in the 1960s and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1965, he was the headliner in Count Basie’s Orchestra at the Newport Jazz Festival. Around this period, he made his debut in Las Vegas, where his electrifying presence served as the primary attraction at the popular Caesars Palace.
Sinatra’s career is incomplete without the mention of The Rat Pack, which he founded with Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. Sinatra was known for his image as a gambling, womanizing, and hard-drinking swinger, which was reinforced by both his albums and the press. Due to his timeless class and contemporary edge, even the radical youth of the time respected Sinatra.
At their peak, the Rat Pack appeared in many films, which include Robin and the Seven Hoods, Four for Texas, Sergeants Three, and Ocean’s Eleven. In 1966, Sinatra scored a notable hit with his track “Strangers in the Night.” – winning him a Grammy. A family collaboration was next; his daughter Nancy sang a duet “Something Stupid” with him. It topped the charts for a month in 1967. When the decade came to an end, Sinatra came with another hit “My Way.”
Frank Sinatra retired for a brief time in the 1970s. His comeback in 1973 was marked with Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back. This was a phase where Sinatra took an active interest in politics. Earlier, he had made a visit to the White House during WWII when he campaigned for Franklin D. Roosevelt. Sinatra was very engaged in John F. Kennedy’s campaign in 1960 and even managed the former’s inaugural gala. However, their relationship was badly damaged when the president came to know about Sinatra’s link with Sam Giancana, a mob boss from Chicago. As a result, Kennedy canceled a visit to Sinatra’s home.
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During the 1970s, Sinatra switched his loyalties and became a supporter of the Republican Party he extended support for both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. The latter, who was also a friend, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sinatra in 1985.
When Sinatra was 24, he married Nancy Barbato, his childhood sweetheart. They became parents to three children before they split up in the 1940s.
In the early 1950s, Ava Gardner became Sinatra’s second wife. They also separated after which he married Mia Farrow in the 1960s. This marriage ended too and Sinatra married for the last time in 1976 to Barbara Blakey Marx.