Frank Sinatra Jr. (January 10, 1944 – March 16, 2016) came from a family rich with talent and class. He was son of a legendary singer and member of the Rat Pack and he was a talented singer in his own right. From 1963 all the way until his tragic death just two days ago Frank Sinatra Jr delighted audiences across the United States and the world, though especially Las Vegas and New York City.
Franklin Wayne Sinatra was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1944. He did not see his father very much during his youth, as he was constantly touring on the road or starring in motion pictures. Frank recalls even then that he had dreams of being a talented piano player.
When Frank Sinatra Jr was 19 he was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, California. The ransom was paid but the three criminals were later brought to justice but served minimal terms. It’s rumored that Frank Sr. had plotted the kidnapping to boost his son’s popularity as he had recently started his singing career.
Sinatra Jr. said that his only opportunity to bond with his father was on the road. Throughout the 1980’s Frank Jr went on tour with Frank Sr as his musical conductor and director. Aside from working with his father, he also had several of his own projects and released several albums of his own throughout the years, though he never had a hit unlike his father and sister, Nancy Sinatra.
Though he went by Frank Jr, he was not actually ‘the second’. His father’s full name was actually Francis Albert Sinatra. Frank Jr was actually named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was well known how much Frank Jr sounded like his father, so it only made sense that he would take on a moniker to show his association with his father’s name.
Frank Jr was scheduled to perform in Florida on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, but sadly shortly before going on stage he went into cardiac arrest and passed away. He was 72
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