May 15, 1998 12:00 PM

6. GALLERY

The improbable life and times of Francis Albert Sinatra, singer-celebrity-philosopher-tough guy, in pictures

24. His WAY

From the streets of Hoboken to the top of the heap: a look at Sinatra’s triumphs and setbacks, friends and family, admirers and enemies, and 82 very good years

by Ben Fong-Torres

36. SINATRA ONSCREEN

The singer could be as magnetic in musicals, melodramas and Rat Pack romps as he was with a microphone

by Ralph Novak

48. FOR THE LOVE OF FRANK

There were the light-the-sky fireworks of his affair with Ava, the strange (and strangely tender) marriage to Mia, the flings with Marlene and Marilyn. And, in the end, a calming, 21-year marriage to Barbara Sinatra

by Tom Gliatto

54. A MAN AND HIS MUSIC

No one made it look easier, but behind Sinatra’s vocal talent lay a surprising musical sophistication that allowed him to become—in the opinion of many critics and millions of fans—the century’s greatest pop singer

by John Rockwell

62. THE RAT PACK

Sometimes blood brothers, sometimes bitter enemies, Frank, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop lorded it over ’60s Las Vegas in a round-the-clock whirl of broads, booze and ring-a-ding dingin’

by Peter Castro

68. THAT’S LIFE

Choice moments from Sinatra’s long reign as Chairman of the Board—plus quotable wit and wisdom from friends, foes and the ever-opinionated Ol’ Blue Eyes himself

76. THE SEPTEMBER OF HIS YEARS

Sinatra lived out his twilight in private with family and close friends—but his passing prompted tributes from around the world

by Peter Ames Carlin

80. ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD

The wav he wore his hat…

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