When Sinatra started as the lead singer in Harry James's band in 1939 and later in Tommy Dorsey's band in 1940 to 1942 the singer was a feature of the "Big Bands". In the middle of a "Big Band" performance the singer would sing only part of it. But because of his voice and style people wanted to see and hear more of the "lead singer". Because of him the singer came into his own. When he left Dorsey and went on his own in 1943, he became the first "teen idol" with his performances at the Paramount in New York. Many other band singers and "teen idols" were to follow in his footsteps. Many other male singers tried to sing in his style. He had enormous influence. He was a "song and dance man" during WWII with movies like "On The Town" and Anchors Aweigh". He went on to make over 50 films. He became a great actor winning an Academy Award with "From Here to Eternity". He became one of the most powerful men in show business. He recorded thousands of songs with Columbia, Capital and finally Reprise Records. He made over 200 albums. Scores of songs are identified with him like "Night and Day", "New York, New York", "Come Fly With Me", etc. The list seems endless. He is well known for his nightclub and television appearances. He had friendships with political leaders like JFK, sports figures like Joe DiMaggio, and underworld figures. He had positive or negative relationships with just about everyone important in show business. There are just so many facets to the man. I hope that I have been a help to you.
20th Century History