To prove her wrong when she belittled his choice of career ...Their friction first had shaped him; that, I think, had remained to the end and a litmus test of the grit in his bones.

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Sinatra had several violent confrontations, usually with journalists he felt had crossed him, or work bosses with whom he had disagreements.

He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997.

Sinatra was also heavily involved with politics from the mid-1940s, and actively campaigned for presidents such as Harry S. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, though before Kennedy's death Sinatra's alleged Mafia connections led to his being snubbed.

While Sinatra never formally learned how to read music, he had an impressive understanding of it, and he worked very hard from a young age to improve his abilities in all aspects of music.

(1956), Come Fly with Me (1958), Only the Lonely (1958) and Nice 'n' Easy (1960).

Sinatra left Capitol in 1960 to start his own record label, Reprise Records, and released a string of successful albums.A perfectionist, renowned for his dress sense and performing presence, he always insisted on recording live with his band.His bright blue eyes earned him the popular nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes".In 1965, he recorded the retrospective September of My Years, starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, and released the tracks "Strangers in the Night" and "My Way".After releasing Sinatra at the Sands, recorded at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Vegas with frequent collaborator Count Basie in early 1966, the following year he recorded one of his most famous collaborations with Tom Jobim, the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim.It helped keep him at the top of his game." He got his first break in 1935 when his mother persuaded a local singing group, the 3 Flashes, to let him join.