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Arthur H. Fellig, 1899 - 1968  Search this
Frank Sinatra, 12 Dec 1915 - 14 May 1998  Search this
Gelatin silver print
Image: 31 x 27.2cm (12 3/16 x 10 11/16")
Sheet: 31.9 x 28.5cm (12 9/16 x 11 1/4")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
c. 1944
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Beaming at the audience of 4,000 teenagers jammed into the Paramount Theatre on October 12, 1944, singing phenomenon Frank Sinatra said, "the crowd is swell, but I am always afraid of someone getting hurt." One newspaper described the 25,000 who had lined up to get in as "squealing, shoving-yes, even fainting-youngsters, mostly of the bobby socks persuasion." The "Columbus Day Riot" marked the peak of Sinatra's early career, when his hits included "I'll Never Smile Again," "All or Nothing at All," and "I'll Be Seeing You." Signed by Harry James in 1939, he sang with the Tommy Dorsey band from 1940 to 1942 before going out on his own. Sinatra's appeal to bobby-soxers marked a sea change in the broadcast and recording industry, which had previously marketed pop music mainly for adults.
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Male  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Oscar  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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