Growing up under one of the most famed musician ever can be a tough act, but Frank Sinatra Jr. has played it well. Born on January 10, 1944 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Franklin Wayne Emmanuel Sinatra is the son of the well known musician and actor Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato.
The family as a whole has lived up to the last name as Frank Sinatra Jr. has a younger sister Tina who is a television producer and an older singer and actress Nancy Sinatra. However, Frank Jr. is perhaps the most famous of the siblings with his own musical career. Over the years is has been an American singer, songwriter and conductor.
There is no question that music was in the blood of Frank Jr. Despite hardly ever seeing his father who was constantly on the road performing, he does recall wanting to become a piano player and songwriter very early in life. It did not take long before he was performing at local clubs and venues in his early teens.
He became the vocalist for Sam Donahue’s band at the age of 19 and was often seen learning the music business with Duke Ellington as well. He knew the time and effort that would have to be invested into performing in order to become the type of musician he wanted. By the time he was 24, Frank Jr. had performed in 47 states and 30 countries, was a guest host on countless television shows, had sung with his own band in Las Vegas casinos, and was building up the reputation of someone who went through rigorous rehearsals and high musical standards.
Frank Jr. was quick to note that having a famous father did open some doors. But at the same time, he said it meant he had to work three times as hard to live up to the expectations. In addition to performing, he also appeared in the Sammy Davis Jr. television drama A Man Called Adam in 1966.
In the midst of all of his fame and pursuance of a musical career, he was kidnapped at the age of 19 on December 8, 1963 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. The kidnappers demanded a $240,000 ransom, which was paid by Frank Sr. and Frank Jr. was released two days later. The kidnappers would later be captured, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to short prison terms.
Over the years Frank Sinatra Jr. has appeared in many television shows and has released several new songs and albums. He had a guest spot playing himself on The Sopranos for a short time along with a single appearance in a 2006 episode and a 2008 of Family Guy.
In 2006 he released an album entitled That Face! that included well-known songs “You’ll Never Know” and “Spice.” Although he is by no means as famous as his father, Frank Sinatra Jr. has certainly lived a fulfilling and successful life thus far. From his music to guest roles in television shows to guest appearances on late night shows, Frank Jr. has continued to be in the eye of the public.
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