Sinatra leaves an important legacy in America

Emily Houck

Frank Sinatra is a household name for most families. Sinatra was someone who changed my life, just by his song and his voice. The first time I heard Sinatra, I was struggling with my self-worth after my parents divorced. The song that played was “My Way;” it really stood out to me, the message of how you have to not listen to what others think and how you need to do things how you feel. You will mess up and have your ups and downs and that is a part of life.

Frank Sinatra is an American Jazz singer, who is best known for his songs “My Way” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Sinatra is known as one of the best-selling artists of all time, especially in the twentieth century. He is estimated to have sold 150 million records worldwide. Frank Sinatra sadly left this Earth on May 12, 1998, at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He passed away from a heart attack at the age of 82.

Sinatra shaped America in so many ways. He inspired so many musicians, songwriters, and people going through things in life. Frank Sinatra had a character based on him in the movie “The Godfather,” after the writer of the script ran into Sinatra.

Frank Sinatra wasn’t only a singer but he also acted. He acted in “Tony Rome,” “The First Deadly Sin,” “High Society,” “Guys and Dolls,” and so many more. His most famous movie is “The Manchurian Candidate” in 1962. He also was a Civil Rights advocate from early on.

Frank Sintra shaped so many people’s lives and changed America in so many ways. He helped integrate American music, helped Kennedy become President, took on record labels and formed his own label. He created the celebrity squad, also known as the Rat Pack with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and a couple of other people. He pioneered the concept album, he technically rocked “n” roll before Elvis, Beatles, and many other bands, and he had people screaming for him before them.

I still play “My Way” when I wonder if I’m doing something right in my life or when I question my worth. That song shows that life happens and as long as you are following your heart it matters. Don’t be afraid to do things your way.

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