You’ve likely heard of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, as they were two of the most popular singers of their day. Sinatra set a standard for rising stars to top in later years, and Dean Martin was such a celebrity that Bob Dylan has covered his music for hit TV shows.
Sadly, these two icons have more in common than just their careers in music and film. Let’s take a look back on the two, how their lives converged, and the tragedy they both shared.
Frank Sinatra had an incredible career
Biography.com details Frank Sinatra as always loving the arts. He began singing at local nightclubs in the ’30s, and after receiving attention from bandleader Harry James, was asked to join Tommy Dorsey’s band. The rest seemed to be smooth sailing for Sinatra, as he enjoyed hit after hit, until deciding to go out on his own.
His solo career earned him recognition for his dreamy voice, which encouraged him to try film. He was also a natural in film, and while his career ebbed and flowed, he always remained a household name. Enter the mid ’60s, the Rat Pack, and Sinatra’s relationship with Dean Martin.