040 - I’m Frank the Tank, I’m Frank Sinatra!
Jan 31st, 2020 by Crime In Music
We're introduced to the land of Hoboken, NJ USA, site of the very 1st baseball game played in the states. He was born in America, his parents, were Italian immigrants. His mother would translate for Italians during their immigration and court proceedings. She also was a midwife and ran a secret abortion service for local Catholic Italian girls, which earned the the nickname Hatpin Dolly and she even served a little bit of jail time for preforming back alley abortions. Franks father was an illiterate amateur boxer, fighting under the name Marty O'Brien. As a bantam weight fighter, he had amassed a record of 1-8 with 6 KO's, him, not his opponents. Eventually retiring from the Hoboken fire department as Captain!
Prohibition of alcohol in the United States helped the family to flourish, by running a tavern called Marty O'Briens. Local officials refused to enforce the law of the land and it was rumored that they were supplied their hootch from the Italian Mafia. While being raised in a bar with a player piano, the young lad would sing for spare change. After attending his senior year of high school for only 47 days, he dropped out to pursue his dream of becoming the next Bing Crosby. He gets his 1st big break because his mom told the local singing group, the 3 Flashes, to let her little boy join and they needed somebody with a car to drive them around. A legend was born that day!
After being arrested and charged with Seduction and then finding out the woman in question was already married, the police then dropped the seduction charge and change it to an Adultery charge! One of the most popular teen idols of the time, he hung out with the who's-who and did what's-what. All the ladies wanted him and all the fellas wanted to be him. Parents lock up your daughters, daughters get out your poodle skirts and pull up your bobby-socks. It's the Chairman of the Board, Ole Blue Eyes himself, it's time to listen to the Serenade of Frank Sinatra!
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