"My Way"

"A Tribute to Frank Sinatra"

Writer(s): Revaux/Francois/Anka

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.
I've lived a life that's full.
I've traveled each and ev'ry highway;
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, I've had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.
I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.
To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
"No, oh no not me,
I did it my way".

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!

A Short Bio of Frank

To many put there, Frank Sinatra was one of the most important popular music figures of the last 60 years of the 20th century. The only true contenders to the throne were Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Boy George. On second thought, let's scratch Boy from the list. :)

1915Born in Hoboken, New Jersey.
1933Attends Bing Crosby concert and decides to pursue a singing career.
1937Launches singing career after winning an amateur contest on the radio.
1939Begins fronting for bandleader Harry James; records first album "All or Nothing At All."
Marries first wife Nancy Barbato, sweetheart from teen years.
1940Big band leader Tommy Dorsey signs Sinatra; daughter Nancy Sandra born.
1942Thrills teenage audience at New York's Paramount Theater, effectively launching his solo career.
1944Makes screen debut in "Higher and Higher"; stars in "Step Lively"; Frank Jr. born.
1945Works on "The House I Live In," a musical stressing religious and racial tolerance.
1948Daughter Tina born.
1951Divorces Nancy
Marries second wife, actress Ava Gardner.
1952Suffers hemorrhaging of vocal cords.
1953Wins Academy Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Italian-American GI, Angelo Maggio in "From Here to Eternity."
1955Stars in "The Man With The Golden Arm," earning him another Oscar nomination.Stars alongside Marlon Brando in the Broadway hit musical "Guys and Dolls."
1957Divorces Gardner.
1962Stars in "The Manchurian Candidate," considered one of his best works.
1964Stars in "Robin and the Seven Hoods" with Rat Pack buddies Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.
1965Stars in "Von Ryan's Express."
1966Marries 3rd wife, 20-year-old actress Mia Farrow ("I've got scotch older than Mia Farrow," says singer Dean Martin).
Records "Strangers in the Night."
1967Records "Somethin' Stupid" with daughter Nancy.
1968Stars in "The Detective," a film dealing with homosexuality.
1968Divorces Mia Farrow.
1969Records "My Way."
1971Wins the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards.
Announces retirement (comes back in late 1980s).
1976Marries Barbara Marx.
1990Marks 75th birthday with national tour.
1994Receives "Legend" award for lifetime musical accomplishment at the Grammy Awards.
1995New York City pays tribute to his 80th birthday by lighting up the Empire State Building in blue light.
1996Wins Grammy Award for his album "Duets II," a collaborative work with Bono of U2 and Gloria Estefan.
May 15, 1998Dies of heart attack at age 82 in Los Angeles.

Some Sinatra Links

This is Sinatra

Biography of Frank Sinatra

The Frank Sinatra Mailing List

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