Icons of the Century
He was first called The Voice, then the Chairman of the Board, Il Padrone and Ol’ Blue Eyes — and each of these nicknames evokes one or more facets of Frank Sinatra’s colossal impact on popular culture.
As The Voice, he was the greatest exponent of American popular songs; he made you believe every word and his phrasing imposed a personal signature on every note.
As the Chairman, his power extended into almost every aspect of show business, reinforced by implications of danger and the charisma that radiated from his eyes.
His screen career was spotty, but his Oscar for “From Here to Eternity” paved the way for fine work in such films as “The Man With the Golden Arm” and “The Manchurian Candidate.”
Ultimately, as Sinatra’s magnetic presence fades into memory, his artistry prevails.