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Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies at 72

Faithful to his father’s style, vocalist forged long-lasting career

Frank Sinatra Jr.
Frank Sinatra Jr.
Frank Sinatra Jr. and Frank Sinatra Sr.

Frank Sinatra Jr., who built a successful performing career as a vocalist by unabashedly following in his father’s footsteps, died of cardiac arrest on March 16 while on tour in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 72.

Unlike Frank Sr., the younger Sinatra never followed the traditional route to success-he never placed a single or album on the Billboard chart and never starred in a movie, for example. And whereas his sister Nancy Sinatra enjoyed great pop and rock success in the 1960s, Frank Sinatra Jr. rarely veered from the type of singing his father excelled at-Jr., like Sr., loved the Great American Songbook and other more mainstream stylings. Frank Jr. spent several years as the conductor of his father’s orchestra.

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