✯ Day 346 of Vintage 365 ✯
On this, the 19th to last day of the year, back in the dark WW1 filled times of 1915, one Francis Albert Sinatra was born to hardworking Italian immigrant parents in the town of Hoboken, New Jersey. The couple's only child, Francis - better know to the world and his legions of adoring fans as Frank - would go to become one of the best selling, and most beloved male recording artists of all time.
A singer, who like men as diverse as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Michael Jackson, needs no introduction, Frank Sinatra immerged onto the music scene in the midst of big band and swing dance fever to quickly skyrocket his way to a wildly successful solo career (though he did, on many occasions, sing with other stars such as Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and Luther Vandross).
With a voice as a smooth and alluring as satin and a certain marvelous charm that translated well both through music and on the big screen, it’s incredibly easy to see why Frank - whose piercing peepers earned him the nickname Ol' Blue Eyes - rose to popularity during the crooner-loving days of the 1940s and 50s (his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, was released in 1946, though he’d already been on the music scene for a few years before then).
Though many may think that Sinatra reached his pinnacle during the 40s and 50s, he weathered the following decades and was able to ensure his career flourished well into his final years of life (he passed away on May 14, 1998), with some of his best known and most iconic songs, like the 1977 gem that is New York, New York, being recorded in the second half of the 20th century.
In celebration of both Frank Sintra's birthday and the fact that today makes just twelve quick days until December 25th, I thought it would be wonderful to enjoy a selection of beautiful Christmas songs as delivered by Frankie himself.
Sit back, light a crackling fire, snuggle up in your favourite vintage sweater, and unwind for a spell with these terrific Frank Sintra songs that are bound to put you even more in the holiday spirit.
Thank you for the stellar Christmas songs, Mr. Sinatra. Today, on your birthday, and always you are endlessly missed and forever loved by music and vintage fans the world over.