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He’d sung for pennies in Irish and Italian social clubs and American Legion halls (and sometimes had pennies thrown into the megaphone he used for amplification). He’d foisted himself (with Dolly’s aid) on a vocal trio called the Three Flashes and, after the group surprised everyone by taking first place on With Dolly’s intercession once more (she had serious political juice in northern New Jersey), Frank had wangled his way into a singing-waiter job at a nightclub on the Palisades called the Rustic Cabin. The Cabin had a telephone-wire hookup to the New York radio station WNEW, a station the kind of people Sinatra wanted to be heard by listened to—people such as the band singer Louise Tobin and her husband, the trumpeter and bandleader Harry James.It was Tobin who happened to catch Frank singing on WNEW one night in the spring of 1939 and thought enough of him that she woke up her husband and said, “Honey, you might want to hear this kid on the radio.” And it was James who decided soon thereafter, at the end of a long day of performing and traveling, to take a side trip to the Rustic Cabin. “This very thin guy with swept-back greasy hair had been waiting tables,” James recalled many years later.It wasn’t as rich as it would be even five years later.
Sinatra left Capitol in 1960 to start his own record label, Reprise Records, and released a string of successful albums.
Both those projects are also based on books by Crouch, who co-wrote the “Good Behavior” pilot with Hodge.
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As 1940 approached, a skinny, big-eared Italian-American kid with a hotly seductive voice was aiming to topple Bing Crosby’s cool supremacy and turn American popular music on its head.
But first Frank Sinatra needed the big-band boot camp of a man whose style and talent he idolized: the trombone-playing Tommy Dorsey.