By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 13, 2022) – In Issue 2022-121 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the first recording released by Frank Sinatra.


Frank Sinatra released his first recording on this day in 1939.  “From the Bottom of My Heart” was not a hit; it didn’t even make the charts.

At that time, Sinatra was not a solo singer.  He mostly sang with the Henry James Band but was also part of the Hoboken Four.  (Do you know “The Rat Pack” connection? 

In the mid-1940s, Sinatra’s solo career began to take shape, thanks to his appeal to the younger “bobbysoxers”.  At the same time, he started acting, teaming up with Gene Kelly for several films and earning two Oscars during his career.  He became known as the “Chairman” along the way.

Many of his songs like “My Way” and “New York, New York” have gone on to become part of Americana.

The Chairman was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, so here is New Jersey’s map by Carey from 1814.

New Jersey -1814 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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