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Series of May Tributes Honor Late Frank Sinatra


It's been 10 years since the death of legendary singer and entertainer Frank Sinatra, but "The Chairman of the Board" remains one of today's most-celebrated entertainers. VOA's Doug Levine tells us about this month's tributes commemorating Frank Sinatra's legacy.

In a singing career that spanned 60 years, Frank Sinatra proved over and over that the best was yet to come.

From his humble beginnings as a local nightclub singer in New Jersey, he rose to stardom as a big-band crooner with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

When Sinatra left the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1942, he became the first big-band singer since Bing Crosby to move on to a successful solo career. And what a career it was: Million-selling albums, concerts the world over, film, television, ownership of a major record label and production company, and, of course, the signature songs that have long stood the test of time.

New York City was one of three locations in the U.S. that rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the release of a new Frank Sinatra postage stamp Tuesday May 13. Ceremonies were also held in Las Vegas, Nevada and Sinatra's hometown, Hoboken, New Jersey.

This month's tributes to Frank Sinatra on the 10th anniversary of his passing acknowledge his work in film and music. There will be a "Frank Fest" movie marathon on cable television, as well as the release of a four-set DVD collection of his most famous films.

A new compilation album from the Frank Sinatra songbook went on sale this month. Titled "Nothing But The Best," it features re-mastered versions of such Sinatra favorites as "Fly Me To The Moon."

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