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Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

The wsj.com writes,

You can go anywhere in the world, the saying goes, and if you can find yourself a nice, classy place where civilized people are gathered, it's a sure bet you will hear a Frank Sinatra song. It doesn't matter what language is spoken. Everybody understands at least a line or two of Lingua Frank, and who knows how many have ditched their Berlitz tapes to instead tackle English to the immaculate phrasing of "Time After Time" or "Young at Heart"?

A classic Sinatra song defines that elusive quality "class" as much as any other American cultural export, and it's no small irony that it's what Sinatra aspired to and yet so often felt he lacked. "He craved class like a junkie craves the needle," said his former valet George Jacobs describing Sinatra at a Hollywood party in 1954, when he shadowed Humphrey Bogart like a "starstruck kid, in awe of Bogart, and watching his every move." No matter that Frank was pushing 40 and had reached heights of a stardom well beyond Bogie's.

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