This day in history: Frank Sinatra dies at 82

Biography : Frank Sinatra - Mini Biography

On May 14th in 1998, the legendary singer Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack at the age of 82.

Known as the "The Voice" and "The Sultan of Swoon," Frank Sinatra was arguably one of the 20th century's greatest singers of popular song and America's first true pop idol.

Born of Sicilian roots in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1919. He dropped out of high school to pursue singing professionally. In 1940 he joined Tommy Dorsey's band. Two years later, he left to strike out on his own.

During the 1940s, Frank Sinatra had 17 Top 10 chart singles.

Frank Sinatra through the years
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This day in history: Frank Sinatra dies at 82
CIRCA 1922: Pop singer Frank Sinatra poses for a portrait wearing a hat in circa 1922. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - 1938: Pop singer Frank Sinatra poses for a mug shot after being arrested and charged with 'carrying on with a married woman' in 1938 in Bergen County, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American singer and actor Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) (R) performs with musician and bandleader Tommy Dorsey (1905 -1956) (L), who conducts the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, c. 1941. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American singer and actor Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) stands on a ladder as he signs autographs for a crowd of fans, Los Angeles, California, 1943. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1945: American singer and actor Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) smiles in front of a vintage CBS radio microphone in circa 1945. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BRONX, NY - 1949: Crooner Frank Sinatra and Phil Rizzuto of the New York Yankees share a laugh in the Yankee dugout at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Sinatra was attending as part of the preparation for a role as a baseball player in the upcoming film, 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame'. (Photo by Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Photo of Frank SINATRA; with Axel Stordahl at the Liederkrantz Hall, New York (Photo by William Gottlieb/Redferns)
Popular American entertainer Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) (right) laughs as comedian Red Skelton (born Richard Bernard Skelton, 1913 - 1997) clowns around during a segement of an episode of the television variety show 'Toast of the Town,' New York, New York, August 12, 1956. (Photo by Carl Mydans/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
2nd June 1958: American singer and film actor Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) arriving at London Airport, after flying in from New York to spend a holiday in England before going on to Paris. (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)
27th April 1962: American actor and singer Frank Sinatra singing to crowds during a charity concert in Hibiya Park, Tokyo. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
OCTOBER 2: Singer Frank Sinatra and bandleader Count Basie record in the studio on October 2, 1963. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1965: Entertainer Frank Sinatra shaving his face in a mirror. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American singer and actor Frank Sinatra checks the script during the making of 'The Lady In Cement' in Miami, 1968. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra and Barbara Marx. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Episode 11/14/1977 --Pictured: (l-r) Actor/comedian Don Rickles, guest host Frank Sinatra on Novemeber 14, 1977 (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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