Frank Sinatra performs at New York’s Paramount Theater on Times Square
1942

Sinatra’s big move came when he left Tommy Dorsey in 1942 (owing Dorsey thousands on his contract), and, from that point on, his career soared. He launched his solo career in a spectacular way, with a week of appearances with Benny Goodman’s orchestra at New York’s Paramount Theater on Times Square. We know now that some of the fans may have been paid to scream—but thousands of girls swooned for free during the weeklong engagement that anointed Sinatra the greatest popular singer of the day. His sense of humor, sex appeal, slight whiff of danger, and those mesmerizing blue eyes—not to mention the carefully chosen songs that resonated with his audience—made him an instant favorite of the bobby-soxers.

Performance: Frank Sinatra performs with Benny Goodman’s orchestra
Performance Type: Show
Performance Venue: New York’s Paramount Theater on Times Square
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Frank Sinatra