Frank Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey in an apartment; Francis Albert Sinatra was thought to be stillborn, until he was put under cold water.
The forceps used for his birth caused permanent damage to his left earlobe, cheek and neck.
1. During his early career years, “Frankie” was asked to change his stage name to Frank Satin, due to his smooth and crooning voice.
Frankie Satin! Can you imagine? Is that a name or is that a name? Now playing in the lounge, ladies and gentlemen, the one an’ only Frankie Satin…if I’d’ve done that, I’d be working cruise ships today. Besides one fake name in the family was enough.” — Frank Sinatra, as quoted by Pete Hamill
2. He had a signature drink – Jack Daniel’s
James Bond has his martinis, shaken not stirred. And for Ol’ Blue Eyes, the cocktail of choice was a mix of four ice cubes, two fingers of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, and a little water.
“This is a gentlemen’s drink,” he once said.
And if you want to hold the drink like Frank, don’t touch the rim. Cup it in your hand, insulated by a cocktail napkin. You should take this in consideration and remember that Frankie loved this whisky so much that he requested to have a bottle buried with him.
It’s no wonder that with all this Jack Daniel’s has launched a special edition premium whisky, as a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes.
With his pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford, Sinatra led the Vegas clique known as the Rat Pack. The name was coined by actress Lauren Bacall years earlier to describe a Hollywood drinking circle that included her then-husband Humphrey Bogart and Sinatra.
The guys in the Rat Pack actually referred to themselves by a different name – The Summit – playing on a 1960 summit meeting in Paris between top world leaders.
4. American Idol or Not?
In the 1940s, Frank – or Frankie, as he was then known – became one of America’s first teen idols. Not to take anything away from his amazing voice and his ability to excite the female throngs, but few know that the singer had a little help.
Sinatra’s publicist George Evans auditioned girls for how loud they could scream, then paid them five bucks and placed them strategically in the audience to help whip up excitement.
5. The roll of dimes
When his only son, Frank Jr., was kidnapped, the kidnappers demanded that he call from untraceable pay telephones. This event began his life-long habit of carrying a roll of dimes in his pocket. He is even reputed to have been buried with a small roll of dimes.