"Oh! Look at Me Now!" Of all of Frank Sinatra's timeless tunes, perhaps that song title best captures the singer's rise from his humble New Jersey roots to become one of the most celebrated American entertainers ever.
Sinatra burst onto the scene when most Italian-American entertainers changed their last names to broaden their appeal. Sinatra refused and, as ever, did it his way. He went from a high school dropout, shipyard worker and singing waiter to an iconic singer and movie star whose unparalleled career spanned seven decades.
Sinatra's 100th birthday would have been Saturday. He once sang: "I'm not the guy who cared about fortunes and such. I never cared much. Oh, look at me now!"