SINATRA AT THE PARAMOUNT (1944)

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The year is 1944. In a matter of hours, tens of thousands of bobby soxers will be crowding around New York’s Paramount Theater, on this October 1st, hoping to get into the Frank Sinatra concert. 35,000 fans would remain outside. But for those lucky enough to experience the event – it was a night to remember.

We’re extending today’s blog to include THREE colorized photos from the New York Paramount appearance, because . . . . well, it’s FRANKIE!

1944 - Frank Sinatra - Paramount (R1)

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Sinatra Sings (1944) (B&W)

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Bobby Soxers At Frank Sinatra Show - Paramount (Oct.12, 1944) (R1)

1944 - Bobby Soxers - Paramount

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OH, FRANKIE! (1940)

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The year is 1940. It was a very good year for Frank Sinatra. On January 26th, he kicked off the new year as new male vocalist of the great Tommy Dorsey band, releasing 40 recordings during 1940. Frankie’s career took off like a rocket. By 1941, he was #1 in America, voted Top Male Vocalist in Billboard and Downbeat polls. With legions of young “bobby-soxers” screaming and fainting at the slightest sway of his slender frame, Frankie became America’s first teen idol.

On December 30, 1942, Frankie debuted at New York’s Paramount Theater backed by the Benny Goodman Orchestra to a packed house of screaming bobby-soxers. Sinatra recalled the night, “The sound that greeted me was absolutely deafening. It was a tremendous roar. Five thousand kids, stamping, yelling, screaming, applauding. I was scared stiff. I couldn’t move a muscle. Benny Goodman froze, too. He was so scared he turned around, looked at the audience and said, ‘What the hell is that?’. I burst out laughing.”

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PILLOW TALK (1944)

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Welcome to American Photo Colorizing .coms’s photo blog. The year is 1944. Here’s a nice slice of American life on the home front during World War II. It may be the midnight hour somewhere in flyover country. A radio may be playing softly in the background. It was the era of the Big Bands: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, The Andrews Sisters. When two teenage girls burned the midnight oil, the pillow talk could last all night, and often did. This conversation from 70 years ago is lost to the ages, but is there any doubt they were talkin’ ’bout boys?

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1944 - Pillow Talk Girls

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