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Known for his smooth, heartfelt voice during the “crooner-swooner” era, Frank Sinatra started performing in 1935 as the singer of a four-piece band in Hoboken, New Jersey.Between 19 he recorded 23 top-ten singles and reached the top position of the male-singer polls in He was popular as a man’s man (dressed in elegant suits but known for his legendary temper and stubbornness), while singing romantic songs that made women swoon.Sinatra signed a two-year contract with James at per week.The band played at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan and toured the East.Ultimately, Sinatra sold over 250 million records worldwide, received 11 Grammy Awards, and starred in 60 motion pictures.
By the end of the year he had recorded 40 more singles, was touring the nation, singing on radio shows, and had appeared in (1941), a feature-length movie featuring the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in which Sinatra sang, “I’ll Never Smile Again” (another major hit).
Homesick and rejected by the other band members, Sinatra left the band by spring 1936, returning home to live with his parents.
Back home in New Jersey, Sinatra sang at Irish political rallies, Elks Club meetings, and Italian weddings in Hoboken.
In July 1939, Sinatra recorded “From the Bottom of My Heart,” which didn’t hit the charts, but the following month he recorded “All or Nothing at All,” which became a major hit.
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was soon upstaging the Harry James Orchestra and Sinatra learned that Tommy Dorsey wanted to sign him.