Frank Sinatra, The Father: Daughter Tina Remembers the Artist

On December 15, 2015, when Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 years old, his daughter, Tina, spoke publicly about her father’s work ethic, the importance he placed on loyalty and the rumors about his ties to the Mafia

Frank Sinatra was born to Italian immigrants in New Jersey in 1915 and went on to become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was a singer, arranger, producer and actor who sold more than 150 million albums worldwide.

“He was born to do exactly what he did. It was a God-given gift — he could be nothing but a singer.” — Tina Sinatra

Tina Sinatra opened up about the fascinating life her father’s fascinating life. She says what Frank lacked in formal music training, he made up for in his innate music ability. His intrinsic talents coupled with arranger and conductor Nelson Riddle’s formal training created some of Frank Sinatra’s most notable work.

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In this episode:

  • Tina Sinatra talks her father’s traumatic entry into the world and the reattachment of his ear that was torn off during his birth,
  • Addresses the rumors about him being a drug lord with ties to the Mafia, and
  • Confirms his role as a courier for the CIA. 

Click on the player above to listen to Tina Sinatra give us a peek into the private lives of her parents and the kind of father this enormously talented artist was. 

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  • Ann Delisi

    Ann Delisi hosts Essential Music, the Essential Conversations podcast series and the Essential Cooking broadcast and podcast. Born and raised in the Motor City, Ann is a broadcaster, interviewer, producer, music host, storyteller and proud Detroiter.