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Frank Sinatra - Career & Financial Facts

1. After winning a contest (via an applause meter) Frank Sinatra and his group were given a contract for $50.00 each per week (plus meals) from the Major Bowes Number Five tour unit to travel across the country singing. Source

2. Before he was famous Sinatra would sing at weddings and political rallies for $2 a show in order to make extra money. Source

3. At his teens, Sinatra worked for the Jersey Observer newspaper, often writing about school sporting events in which he was also a participant. He also worked as a delivery boy at the Jersey Observer newspaper and as a riveter at the Tietjan and Lang shipyard. In 1938 Sinatra worked as a singing waiter at a roadhouse and was paid $15 a week. He later got a raise to $20 a week. Page 45. Source.

4. When Sinatra married his first wife Nancy Barbato in 1939 their combined monthly income was $200 a month, which included Nancy's $25 a week secretarial salary. Their apartment rent was $42 a month.

5. In June 1939 Frank Sinatra received an offer to join a band (The Music Makers) as their singer for $75 a week. Source

6. Also in 1939 Sinatra recorded "All or Nothing At All". It sold 8,000 copies. 4 years later it was re-released and sold over 1,000,000 copies. Page 54 Source

7. Later in 1939 Frank Sinatra agreed to join a different orchestra run by Tommy Dorsey that offered him $125 a week. Source

8. In 1943 Sinatra left Tommy Dorsey and started working for Columbia Records. Source

9. In order to create buzz, Frank Sinatra's press agent hired 12 "long haired, round-faced little girls in bobby socks" in 1943 to jump up and down and scream in delight when 28 year old Sinatra was singing. They were paid $5 each to act like the ultimate fans. 2 of them were asked to "faint" from excitement of seeing Sinatra. Page 75 Source

10. In 1943 Sinatra's popularity skyrocketed and he was making $1,250.00 a week from Paramount, $2,800.00 a week from the Hit Parade, and $1,000.00 for each personal appearance on radio and TV. Page 81. Source

11. In 1943 Sinatra paid $10,000 to buy an interest in heavyweight fighter Tami Mauriello. Source

12. Every Monday Sinatra would mail a $100 check to his father's fire hall in Hoboken. Page 95. Source

13. The first Sinatra box set, with four records inside, sold for $2.50 in 1946. Source

14. On December 8, 1963, Sinatra's son, Frank Jr., was kidnapped. He was returned when Sinatra paid the ransom of $240,000.00. Wikipedia also noted, "The kidnappers demanded communication via payphone. During one conversation, Frank Sr. ran out of money and was disconnected. Fearing never seeing his son again, Frank Sr. decided to carry a roll of dimes with him at all times (payphones at this time cost 10 cents). This tradition lasted the rest of his life." Source.

15. Sinatra put on a weekly radio show that paid him $15,000.00 per week.

16. In 1944 Sinatra claimed he earned $693,000.00 that year.

17. In 1947 Sinatra asked for a gun permit. He explained he needed it because he carried large sums of money. Page 136. Source

Sinatra paid $400 a week to keep a publicity firm on retainer. Page 197 Source

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