Frank Sinatra and the Moods of America

by Michael P. Riccards

For more than two generations of Americans, Frank Sinatra was a highly visible celebrity and artist–far outlasting any other entertainer in U.S. history. This essay seeks to explain Sinatra’s longevity as a performer and the reasons why he was so successful throughout a very tumultuous era. New York disk jockey William B. Williams judged that Sinatra was “the most imitated, most listened to, most recognized voice of the second half of the twentieth century.”

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