In the 1940s, Frank Sinatra – or Frankie, as he was known at that time-became America’s first national teen idol. Sinatra later recalled a series of shows he performed in 1942 at a New York City Theater. “The sound that greeted me was absolutely deafening. I was scared stiff. I couldn’t move a muscle.”
Not to take anything away from his legendary voice or his ability to excite the throngs of females that swarmed to every show, but the “bobbysoxer craze” Sinatra incited had a little help. George Evans, Sinatra’s publicist, auditioned girls for how loud they could scream, then paid them five bucks and placed them strategically in the audience to help whip up the excitement.
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