Today in History: Frank Sinatra

Portrait of Frank Sinatra and Axel Stordahl

Today in History–July 13–the Library of Congress features Frank Sinatra, who made his recording debut on this day in 1939 with the Harry James band. After, Sinatra sang with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra before beginning his solo career. On his own, Sinatra became a teenage sensation but would later appeal to music and movie fans of multiple generations. Learn more about this talented artist by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources.

Frank Sinatra’s Recording Debut from America’s Library

The “Rat Pack” and Politics Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

Frank Sinatra primary source set from Performing Arts Encyclopedia

Frank Sinatra image set

Frank Sinatra historical newspaper coverage

Legislation related to Frank Sinatra

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