Rhodes Professor Michael Nelson has published articles about Frank Sinatra before, but in an recent article published on the Claremont Review of Books website, he writes about 100 years of the singer.
December 12, 2015 marked the centenary of Sinatra’s birth. “In the 1940s Frank Sinatra was ‘The Voice.’ By the 1950s, he had become the ‘Chairman of the Board,’ and from the 1970s until his death in 1998, ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes,” writes Nelson. “He first gained fame as the boy singer in Harry James’s and Tommy Dorsey’s big bands . . . Over the decades his audience has varied enormously. It began, and much later concluded, with a surprising number of young people and hip musicians.” Read more.