Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation, and it was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city and its interior was declared a city landmark in 1978. It is notable as being the headquarters for the dance company. The 12-acre complex in Midtown Manhattan known as Rockefeller Center was developed between 1929 and 1940 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. on land leased from Columbia University. The Radio City Music Hall was designed by architect Edward Durell Stone and its originally planned name was International Music Hall. The names Radio City and Radio City Music Hall derive from one of the complexs first tenants, Radio City Music Hall was a project of Rockefeller, Samuel Roxy Rothafel, who previously opened the Roxy Theatre in 1927, and RCA chairman David Sarnoff. The Music Hall opened to the public on December 27,1932 with a stage show featuring Ray Bolger, Doc Rockwell. The opening was meant to be a return to high-class variety entertainment, the new format was not a success.
The program was long, and individual acts were lost in the cavernous hall. On January 11,1933, the Music Hall converted to the format of a feature film. The film-plus-stage-spectacle format continued at the Music Hall until 1979, with four complete performances presented every day, plans for alternate uses for the structure included converting the theater into tennis courts, a shopping mall or the American Stock Exchange. Joining forces with the media and political allies, including New York Lt. Gov. Mary Anne Krupsak, they challenged the Rockefeller establishment, against all odds, to save The Showplace of the Nation. On March 28,1978 New York Citys Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the interior of Radio City Music Hall a landmark guaranteeing that the building would remain a theatre, on May 12,1978, Radio City Music Hall was placed on The National Register of Historic Places. Regular film showings at Radio City ended in 1979 and in 1980, after a renovation, Radio City Music Hall is currently leased to and managed by The Madison Square Garden Company.
Movie premieres and feature runs have occasionally taken place such as the Harry Potter film series. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular continues to be an important annual event, starting in 2013, the Tony Awards will be the only major televised awards ceremony at Radio City, as the Video Music Awards relocated permanently to the Barclays Center that year. Radio City has 5,933 seats for spectators, and additional seating can be placed on the pit elevator during events that do not require that space bringing the capacity to over 6,000. Designed by Edward Durell Stone, the interior of the theater with its austere Art Deco lines represented a break with the ornate rococo ornament associated with movie palaces at the time
Tom Santopietro is a best-selling author and Broadway theater manager. He worked for 25 years in the New York theater scene, over the past thirty years he has managed more than two dozen Broadway shows. Santopietro was born in Waterbury and his paternal grandfather and grandmother, Orazio Santopietro and Maria Victoria Valleta, emigrated to the U. S. from Italy at an early age. Orazio was only 13, and arrived in America with twenty lira in his pocket, together and Maria Victoria opened a grocery store on Waterburys Division Street. Santopietros father, Olindo Oreste Santopietro, was a physician who achieved an MBA. His mother, Nancy Edge Parker, supported arts and civic projects. Santopietro graduated from the Taft School and was editor-in-chief of its school newspaper and he graduated from Trinity College and the University of Connecticut Law School. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, Santopietro worked on Broadway shows as a stage, as both a company manager and house manager, Santopietros responsibilities required a broad range of legal and business acumen.
When working as a manager, he dealt with the public and had to master the payroll system for everyone from the ushers to the stagehands who work for the theater. When working as a manager, he dealt with the actors, the Actors Equity trade union. He even had to break up the occasional fistfight in the audience, an acclaimed biographer, Santopietro wrote in-depth studies of several Hollywood icons, who reflected and defined the American cultural landscape. These included Doris Day, Barbra Streisand, and the account of Frank Sinatras Hollywood film career. Santopietro provides a critical analysis of the careers of director Robert Wise. Santopietros The Godfather Effect, was an acclaimed study of the Godfather films - as well as Mario Puzos novel -. According to Santopietro, The Godfather was a point in American cultural consciousness. The Godfather Effect had a philosophical dimension, as well. As noted by Santopietro, what Puzo delivered - brilliantly - was nothing less than a disquisition on the madness and failure of the American dream.
Early in the novel, Amerigo Bonasera declares “I believe in America. ”The novel depicts a nation where Mafia, the Godfather Effect was widely reviewed, and well received by the press
Keansburg, New Jersey
Keansburg is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The land that is now Keansburg was originally home to the Lenni Lenape Native Americans, on September 3,1609, the Half Moon, captained by Henry Hudson, is said to have landed on the shores of present-day Keansburg. He is believed to have buried in the area that is today the intersection of Carr Avenue. In the time between 1609 and the early 18th century, the land was purchased from the Lenni Lenape with other surrounding areas. The area was inhabited by Dutch and Scottish settlers, in the 18th century, farming proved to be successful on Keansburgs land, with specialties being pears and corn. In this time, the settlement took on the name of Waackaack, the area was widely known as Tanners Landing from the early 18th century until approximately 1820, so named for the pier at the end of what was Tanners Landing Road. Tanners Landing was a port for the area for many years. The are adopted its official name of Granville, which derived from the importance of the Phillips Mill.
The name held until the 1880s, during the century, Granville became home to its own church, two lighthouses and small businesses. Roadways were beginning to form from repeated use of horse and buggies, the beach was already a favorite to visitors. Population was about 300 people, who farmed and clammed for a living. On Sunday, March 22,1877, at half past 9 oclock, Granville welcomed the newly assigned pastor of the Granville Methodist Episcopal Church and he stated, I arrived at the Granville Methodist Episcopal Church in Keansburg as pastor for the ensuing year. I soon learned that the hamlet consisted of about 300 inhabitants, at 19 years of age, Ramsay was slated to serve in the church for just one year. His success at the helm of church led to year in Granville. Ramsay and his wife, Eliza S. Wood, purchased the land that is 69 Church Street, in the coming years, Ramsay took greater and greater interest in Granville and eventually arranged a petition to establish a post office. The list of 132 names was passed on to John Kean of Elizabeth and his efforts led to the opening of the post office in 1884, with Mrs.
Ramsay serving as its first postmaster. That year, the name Keansburg was adopted in Keans honor, a school was built at the cost of $30,000 in 1890 and sat on what is today the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Church Street. Further development continued with the creation of postcards depicting the village and land purchases, including acquisitions by William A. Gehlhaus, the Keansburg Steamboat Company was founded in 1910 primarily by Gelhaus as a means of providing transportation for New Yorkers who were interested in buying homes in Keansburg
Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. Canadas border with the United States is the worlds longest binational land border, the majority of the country has a cold or severely cold winter climate, but southerly areas are warm in summer. Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its territory being dominated by forest and tundra. It is highly urbanized with 82 per cent of the 35.15 million people concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, One third of the population lives in the three largest cities, Toronto and Vancouver. Its capital is Ottawa, and other urban areas include Calgary, Quebec City, Winnipeg. Various aboriginal peoples had inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years prior to European colonization. Pursuant to the British North America Act, on July 1,1867, the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick and this began an accretion of provinces and territories to the mostly self-governing Dominion to the present ten provinces and three territories forming modern Canada.
With the Constitution Act 1982, Canada took over authority, removing the last remaining ties of legal dependence on the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II being the head of state. The country is officially bilingual at the federal level and it is one of the worlds most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. Its advanced economy is the eleventh largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources, Canadas long and complex relationship with the United States has had a significant impact on its economy and culture. Canada is a country and has the tenth highest nominal per capita income globally as well as the ninth highest ranking in the Human Development Index. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, Canada is an influential nation in the world, primarily due to its inclusive values, years of prosperity and stability, stable economy, and efficient military.
While a variety of theories have been postulated for the origins of Canada. In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona, from the 16th to the early 18th century Canada referred to the part of New France that lay along the St. Lawrence River. In 1791, the area became two British colonies called Upper Canada and Lower Canada collectively named The Canadas, until their union as the British Province of Canada in 1841. Upon Confederation in 1867, Canada was adopted as the name for the new country at the London Conference. The transition away from the use of Dominion was formally reflected in 1982 with the passage of the Canada Act, that year, the name of national holiday was changed from Dominion Day to Canada Day
Night and Day (song)
Night and Day is a popular song by Cole Porter. It was written for the 1932 musical play Gay Divorce and it is perhaps Porters most popular contribution to the Great American Songbook and has been recorded by dozens of artists. Fred Astaire introduced Night and Day on stage, and his recording of the song with the Leo Reisman orchestra was a #1 hit and he performed it again in the 1934 film version of the show, renamed The Gay Divorcee, and it became one of his signature pieces. There are several accounts on how Porter got inspiration to compose the song, One mentions that he was inspired by Islamic prayer when he visited Morocco. Another popular legend has it he was inspired by the Moorish architecture of the Alcazar Hotel in Cleveland Heights, the song was so associated with Porter, that when Hollywood first filmed his life story in 1946, the movie was entitled Night and Day. With Don Costa in 1961 for Sinatra and Strings, and even a version with Joe Beck in 1977. When Harry James heard a then-unknown Sinatra sing this song, he signed him, sinatras 1942 version charted in the USA reaching the No.16 spot.
Damia recorded one of the earliest versions in 1933, in French, entitled Tout le Jour, layton & Johnstone recorded the song in 1933. Bing Crosby recorded the song on February 11,1944 and it appeared in the Billboard charts briefly in 1946 with a position of No.21. Dionne Warwick recorded it for her 1990 album Dionne Warwick Sings Cole Porter, eartha Kitt, the inscrutable songstress, recorded it in 1991—but the song would not be released until 2000 on the much lauded album Thinking Jazz. While the words in her arrangement remain the same, the lines are purred instead of sung. Tony Bennett recorded the song for his 1992 Frank Sinatra tribute album Perfectly Frank, shirley Bassey recorded it for her 1959 album The Bewitching Miss Bassey. Doris Day recorded it for her 1958 album Hooray for Hollywood, Ella Fitzgeralds most celebrated recording of the song occurred on her 1956 album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook. Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson recorded a version of the song for his 1965 album Inner Urge, everything But the Girl chose this song for their first single in 1983.
It made #92 in August 1982, the song was recorded by Ringo Starr in 1970 for his first solo album Sentimental Journey. The rock/jam band Phish has played the song only once in their more than 20-year career. The song was recorded by U2 in 1990 and appeared on the Red Hot + Blue compilation album, thomas Anders recorded his version in 1997 on the album Live Concert. Night and Day reappeared on the American pop charts in 1967, done by Sérgio Mendes, rod Stewart recorded a version for his 2004 album Stardust, The Great American Songbook, Volume III
Sinatra at the Sands
It was Sinatras first live album to be commercially released, and contains many definitive readings of the songs that are most readily associated with Sinatra. Sinatra and Basie had previously collaborated on 1962s Sinatra-Basie and 1964s It Might As Well Be Swing, the album was remixed and remastered and released in DVD-Audio in high-resolution stereo and multi-channel surround in 2003. An alternate version of the show with a slightly different track list was released in November 2006 as part of the box set Sinatra. Between those two and my belly button my old man thought I was a clarinet, Count Basie Live at the Sands - Reprise Records CD,1998. - Collection of Count Basie Orchestra instrumentals recorded during the taping of Sinatra at the Sands
Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment. It was especially popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s, a typical vaudeville performance is made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill. A vaudeville performer is often referred to as a vaudevillian, Vaudeville developed from many sources, including the concert saloon, freak shows, dime museums, and literary American burlesque. Called the heart of American show business, vaudeville was one of the most popular types of entertainment in North America for several decades, the origin of this term is obscure, but is often explained as being derived from the French expression voix de ville. A second speculation is that it comes from the songs on satire by poet Olivier Basselin. Some, preferred the term variety to what manager Tony Pastor called its sissy. Thus, vaudeville was marketed as variety well into the 20th century, with its first subtle appearances within the early 1860s, vaudeville was not initially a common form of entertainment.
The form gradually evolved from the saloon and variety hall into its mature form throughout the 1870s and 1880s. This more gentle form was known as Polite Vaudeville, in the years before the American Civil War, entertainment existed on a different scale. Certainly, variety theatre existed before 1860 in Europe and elsewhere, in the US, as early as the first decades of the 19th century, theatregoers could enjoy a performance consisting of Shakespeare plays, singing and comedy. As the years progressed, people seeking diversified amusement found a number of ways to be entertained. Vaudeville was characterized by traveling companies touring through cities and towns, a significant influence came from Dutch minstrels and comedians. Vaudeville incorporated these various itinerant amusements into a stable, institutionalized form centered in Americas growing urban hubs, pastors experiment proved successful, and other managers soon followed suit. B. F. Keith took the step, starting in Boston. Later, E. F.
Albee, adoptive grandfather of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, circuits such as those managed by Keith-Albee provided vaudevilles greatest economic innovation and the principal source of its industrial strength. They enabled a chain of allied vaudeville houses that remedied the chaos of the booking system by contracting acts for regional and national tours. These could easily be lengthened from a few weeks to two years, Albee gave national prominence to vaudevilles trumpeting polite entertainment, a commitment to entertainment equally inoffensive to men and children. Acts that violated this ethos were admonished and threatened with expulsion from the remaining performances or were canceled altogether
However, as her work endured more scrutiny, many of the facts she reported did not hold up. Kelley was raised in Spokane, the eldest child of Adele and William Vincent Kelley, growing up Kelley helped take care of her five sisters, Mary Cary, Margaret, Adele Monica and Madeleine Sophie, as well as her brother, John. The family vacationed in Europe and spent summers at their two lakeside cottages in western Idaho, Kelley graduated from St. Augustines Elementary School and attended the private prep school Holy Names Academy. In 1962 Kelley allegedly left the University of Arizona in lieu of criminal charges for suspected theft being filed against her and her parents refused to let her live with them and sent her to live in Seattle with her maternal grandparents, the Martins. It was here that Kelley suffered a breakdown and used a wheelchair during some of that time, after this eight-month hiatus, Kelley surfaced at the University of Washington where she received a B. A. in English. She worked at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair and went on to become a secretary for Senator Eugene McCarthy.
Following four years as an assistant to McCarthy, Kelley worked for two years as the editorial page researcher for the Washington Post. Since she has had a career as a freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, McCalls, Los Angeles Times, Kelleys first celebrity biography was Jackie Oh. A life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, which was written at the request of Lyle Stuart, in the book, Kelley describes John F. Kennedys womanizing and includes revelations about Onassiss love life, her depression and electric shock treatment. Kelleys publisher Lyle Stuart was quoted saying at the time I believed her shock-treatment story, looking back, I feel I was had and the whole thing was a fable. I doubt that it ever happened, and knowing how she makes things up, I believe she was sure she could get away with it because no one would sue. Journalist Michael Crowley stated Jackie Oh. contained core truths—including an unflinching look at JFK that showed him to have more of a Romeo than has been previously revealed.
This book was followed by Elizabeth Taylor, The Last Star, Kelleys next book, His Way, The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra was declared an act of bravery. Kelley discussed Sinatras marriages and his links to the Mob. Sinatra filed a $2 million lawsuit to prevent it from being published, the book was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List and hit best-seller lists in England, Canada and France. William Safire of the New York Times said His Way. turns out to be the most eye-opening celebrity biography of our time, in the Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley, wrote that His Way is such an improvement over her two previous books. That comparisons border on the pointless, Exner told Kelley that she had arranged ten meetings between Kennedy and Mafia gangster Sam Giancana, and they discussed having the mob kill Fidel Castro. It was subsequently revealed that Exner had been paid $50,000 to talk with Kelley and had not mentioned these revelations in her own autobiography, published years earlier
The Mills Brothers
The Mills Brothers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Their parents were John Hutchinson and Eathel Mills, John Sr. owned a barber shop and founded a barbershop quartet, called the Four Kings of Harmony. John Hutchinson Mills Sr. was the son of William Hutchinson Mills and Cecilia Simms who lived in Bellefonte, as the boys grew older, they began singing in the choir of the Cyrene African Methodist Episcopal Church and in the Park Avenue Baptist Church in Piqua. They entered an amateur contest at Piquas Mays Opera House, but while on stage and he cupped his hands to his mouth and imitated a trumpet. The success of his led to all the brothers taking on instruments to imitate. John Jr. accompanied the four-part harmony first with a ukulele and they practiced imitating orchestras they heard on the radio. John, as the bass, would imitate the tuba, Harry, a baritone, imitated the trumpet, Herbert became the second trumpet and Donald the trombone. In 1928, after playing Mays Opera House in Piqua between Rin Tin Tin features, the brothers accompanied the Harold Greenameyer Band to Cincinnati for an audition with radio station WLW, the band was not hired, but the Mills brothers were.
When the youngsters sang for Duke, he called Tommy Rockwell at Okeh Records, in September 1930, Ralph Wonders urged broadcasting executive William S. Paley, at CBS Radio in New York, to turn on his office speaker and listen to an audition of four young men. For the audition they were The Mills Brothers, but they had been known by other names. They were billed as The Steamboat Four when they sang for Sohio and they had been called the Four Boys and a Guitar on their Sunday shows. When Paley heard their performance, he went downstairs and put them on the air. The next day, the Mills Brothers signed a three-year contract and it sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. Other hits followed – Goodbye Blues, their song, Nobodys Sweetheart, Ole Rockin Chair, Lazy River, Howm I Doin. They remained on Brunswick until late 1934, when signed with Decca. They had their own radio series in 1932–1933, one of the earliest built around a black act, billed as the Four Boys. The Mills Brothers were sponsored by some of the largest advertisers in early radio, Standard Oil, Procter & Gamble and their first, The Big Broadcast was an all-star radio revue that included Bing Crosby, Cab Calloway, and the Boswell Sisters.
They made three bouncing ball cartoon shorts for the Fleischer Brothers, between 1933 and 1935, the Brothers starred with Crosby for Woodbury Soap in Bing Crosby Entertains, making 27 appearances in all on the CBS radio show
Western United States
The Western United States, commonly referred to as the American West, the Far West, or simply the West, traditionally refers to the region comprising the westernmost states of the United States. Because European settlement in the U. S. expanded westward after its founding, prior to about 1800, the crest of the Appalachian Mountains was seen as the western frontier. Since then, the frontier moved westward and eventually lands west of the Mississippi River came to be referred to as the West. The West contains several major biomes, the Western U. S. is the largest region of the country, covering more than half the land area of the United States. Given this expansive and diverse geography it is no wonder the region is difficult to specifically define, a majority of the historian respondents placed the eastern boundary of the West east of the Census definition out on the eastern edge of the Great Plains or on the Mississippi River. The survey respondents as a whole showed just how little agreement there was on the boundaries of the West, within a region as large and diverse as the Western United States, smaller areas with more closely shared demographics and geography have developed as subregions.
Meanwhile, the states of Idaho, Montana and Washington can be considered part of the Northwest or Pacific Northwest, West Texas in the Chihuahuan Desert may be considered as part of the Western U. S. Fort Worth has long laid claim to be Where the West Begins, the West is still one of the most sparsely settled areas in the United States with 49.5 inhabitants per square mile. Only Texas with 78.0 inhabitants/sq mi, Washington with 86.0 inhabitants/sq mi. and California with 213.4 inhabitants/sq mi. exceed the national average of 77.98 inhabitants/sq mi. The entire Western region has strongly influenced by European, Hispanic or Latino and Native Americans. African and European Americans, continue to wield a stronger political influence because of the rates of citizenship and voting among Asians. The West contains much of the Native American population in the U. S. particularly in the reservations in the Mountain. The Western United States has a sex ratio than any other region in the United States.
Because the tide of development had not yet reached most of the West when conservation became an issue, agencies of the federal government own. National parks are reserved for activities such as fishing, camping and boating, but other government lands allow commercial activities like ranching, logging. The largest city in the region is Los Angeles, located on the West Coast, Other West Coast cities include San Diego, San Bernardino, San Jose, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Seattle and Portland. Prominent cities in the Mountain States include Denver, Colorado Springs, Tucson, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boise, El Paso, and Cheyenne. Along the Pacific Ocean coast lie the Coast Ranges and they collect a large part of the airborne moisture moving in from the ocean
A roadhouse, stopping house or coaching inn is a commercial establishment typically built on or near a major road or highway that services passing travellers. The words meaning varies slightly by country, in Western Canada the equivalent facility was historically called a stopping house. A local inn or restaurant, the roadhouse or road house commonly serves meals, especially in the evenings, has a bar serving beer or hard liquor and features music, most roadhouses are located along highways or roads in rural areas or on the outskirts of towns. Early roadhouses provided lodging for travelers but, with the advent of faster means of transport than walking, horseback riding, or horse-drawn carriages, roadhouses have a slightly disreputable image, similar to honky tonks. This type of roadhouse has been portrayed in such as The Wild One, Easy Rider. Remains of a roadhouse can be seen south of Carmacks. In Australia a roadhouse is a station in a rural area. A roadhouse sells fuel and provides maintenance and repairs for cars, roadhouses usually serve as truck stops, providing space for parking of semi-trailer trucks and buses, as well as catering to travellers in private cars.
In remote areas such as the Nullarbor Plain, a roadhouse offers motel-style accommodation, in Britain, wayside lodgings of this type were called coaching inns. As in other countries, were originally a place along the road for people travelling on foot or by horse to stay at night, many coaching inns, especially those in rural counties, have kept their accommodation to become bed & breakfasts or country hotels. With the advent of travel by motor car in the 1920s and 1930s. They were large establishments offering meals and accommodation to motorists, the largest pubs boasted facilities such as tennis courts and swimming pools. Their popularity ended with the outbreak of the Second World War when recreational road travel became impossible, post houses were established in major towns and along principal highways. Roadhouse Blues, a song by The Doors Road House, a 1989 movie about a bouncer, rest area Charging station Fast food restaurant Black Rapids Roadhouse, an old Alaskan roadhouse List of public house topics Rikas Landing Roadhouse Service station
Francis Albert Sinatra was an American singer and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the music artists of all time. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants, Sinatra began his career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James. Sinatra found success as a solo artist after he signed with Columbia Records in 1943 and he released his debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. Sinatras professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, and he turned to Las Vegas and his career was reborn in 1953 with the success of From Here to Eternity, with his performance subsequently winning an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sinatra released several critically lauded albums, including In the Wee Small Hours, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely and Nice n Easy. Sinatra left Capitol in 1960 to start his own label, Reprise Records. It was followed by 1968s collaboration with Duke Ellington, using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, he toured both within the United States and internationally until a short time before his death in 1998.
Sinatra forged a successful career as a film actor. After winning an Academy Award for From Here to Eternity, he starred in The Man with the Golden Arm and he appeared in various musicals such as On the Town and Dolls, High Society, and Pal Joey, winning another Golden Globe for the latter. Toward the end of his career, he associated with playing detectives. Sinatra would receive the Golden Globe Cecil B, on television, The Frank Sinatra Show began on ABC in 1950, and he continued to make appearances on television throughout the 1950s and 1960s. While Sinatra never formally learned how to read music, he had a natural, intuitive understanding of it, a perfectionist, renowned for his impeccable dress sense and cleanliness, he always insisted on recording live with his band. His bright blue eyes earned him the popular nickname Ol Blue Eyes, Sinatra led a colorful personal life, and was often involved in turbulent affairs with women, such as with his second wife Ava Gardner. He went on to marry Mia Farrow in 1966 and Barbara Marx in 1976, Sinatra had several violent confrontations, usually with journalists he felt had crossed him, or work bosses with whom he had disagreements.
He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, Sinatra was the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. After his death, American music critic Robert Christgau called him the greatest singer of the 20th century, Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12,1915, in an upstairs tenement at 415 Monroe Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was the child of Italian immigrants Antonino Martino Marty Sinatra