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THE FIRST POP STAR

THE FIRST POP STAR

So, I'm reading this article about this SKINNY, greasy-haired kid that the author calls "SNOTRA"....

Seems he is the most HATED man in America, because he got to stay HOME while lots and lots of men his age went off to fight in World War Two...

Seems that the Author, the famous DAMON RUNYON, had no idea that SINATRA had a perforated eardrum that excluded him from any kind of military service...

This CROONER was half deaf in one ear, the result of a BOTCHED kitchen delivery and a drunken doctor...

Sinatra was STILLBORN. He only came to life when his grandmother threw him into a tub of cold water....

Still, that was then, Now, in 1940, he was accused of everything from cowardice and MAFIA connections, to the jilting of a woman at the ALTAR, the cause of the famous SINATRA Mug Shot photo....

That scene in the GODFATHER, when Johnny Fontaine is crying out his troubles to Vito Corleone? That is supposed to be how Frank Sinatra got out of his onerous contract with Tommy Dorsey....Dorsey signed the kid to a deal that gave Dorsey 1/3 of his lifetime earnings....

The TRUTH?

Jules Stein of MCA bought Sinatra out of the contract for $75-100,000...

Seems POP STARS are never appreciated in their time...

Except by their FANS, who, in nearly every case, turn out to be CORRECT....

Frank Sinatra was considered to be NOTHING but a Punk Kid.

Funny thing is, Damon Runyon and Frank Sinatra grew to become good FRIENDS.

In fact, Sinatra starred in Runyon's GUYS AND DOLLS....

True talent WINS, nearly every time....



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