On Dec. 12, 2015, Francis Albert Sinatra would have turned 100. Few singers transformed popular music as thoroughly as ol’ blue eyes, who rose to fame in the big band era as the sweet-voiced idol of teen bobby soxers, remade himself in the ’60s as an interpreter of lovelorn, yet swinging, adult saloon songs and continued to belt out hits as he aged into a gruff elder statesman.
But Sinatra wasn’t just a singer. Until his death in 1998, he was a commanding figure in just about every area of American culture. He was a movie star who carried on affairs with some of the most beautiful and famous Hollywood actresses. He befriended U.S. presidents as different as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. And, accompanied by his famed drinking buddies, the Rat Pack, he defined a classic style of cool that still resonates today.
Of course, you probably already know all that. But how well do you know the details of Sinatra’s life and work? Take this quick quiz and find out.
Keith Harris has written about music and pop culture for more than 20 years. His work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate and Salon. He lives in Minneapolis and blogs at usefulnoise.wordpress.com.
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