Hoboken Four and Harry James — [ edit ] Sinatra far right with the Hoboken Four on Major Bowes' Amateur Hour in Sinatra began singing professionally as a teenager, but he learned music by ear and never learned to read music. Fred Tamburro, the group's baritone , stated that "Frank hung around us like we were gods or something", admitting that they only took him on board because he owned a car [g] and could chauffeur the group around.
Sinatra soon learned they were auditioning for the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show, and "begged" the group to let him in on the act. No more than 8, copies of the record were sold,  and further records released with James through , such as "All or Nothing At All", also had weak sales on their initial release. His pianist and close friend Hank Sanicola persuaded him to stay with the group,  but in November he left James to replace Jack Leonard [k] as the lead singer of the Tommy Dorsey band.
He was just a skinny kid with big ears. I used to stand there so amazed I'd almost forget to take my own solos". Sinatra copied Dorsey's mannerisms and traits, becoming a demanding perfectionist like him, even adopting his hobby of toy trains. He asked Dorsey to be godfather to his daughter Nancy in June Sinatra's first vocal hit was the song " Polka Dots and Moonbeams " in late April He was so excited, you almost believed he had never recorded before. I think this was a turning point in his career.
I think he began to see what he might do on his own". I never heard such a commotion All this for a fellow I never heard of. He became known as "Swoonatra" or "The Voice", and his fans "Sinatratics". They organized meetings and sent masses of letters of adoration, and within a few weeks of the show, some Sinatra fan clubs had been reported across the US.
Columbia wanted new recordings of their growing star as quickly as possible, so Alec Wilder was hired as an arranger and conductor for several sessions with a vocal group called the Bobby Tucker Singers. Of the nine songs recorded during these sessions, seven charted on the best-selling list. On December 11, , he was officially classified 4-F "Registrant not acceptable for military service" by his draft board because of a perforated eardrum. Army files reported that Sinatra was "not acceptable material from a psychiatric viewpoint", but his emotional instability was hidden to avoid "undue unpleasantness for both the selectee and the induction service".
William Ruhlmann of AllMusic wrote that Sinatra "took the material very seriously, singing the love lyrics with utter seriousness", and that his "singing and the classically influenced settings gave the songs unusual depth of meaning".
Granata describes as "one of the highlights of Sinatra's Columbia epoch". According to Jimmy Van Heusen , Sinatra's close friend and songwriter, Evans's death to him was "an enormous shock which defies words", as he had been crucial to his career and popularity with the bobbysoxers.
Sinatra became one of Las Vegas's pioneer residency entertainers,  and a prominent figure on the Vegas scene throughout the s and s onwards, a period described by Rojek as the "high-water mark" of Sinatra's "hedonism and self absorption". Rojek notes that the Rat Pack "provided an outlet for gregarious banter and wisecracks", but argues that it was Sinatra's vehicle, possessing an "unassailable command over the other performers".
At a brief run at the Paramount in New York he drew small audiences. From the top to the bottom in one horrible lesson. Look At Me Now" and " From This Moment On " revealed "powerful sexual overtones, stunningly achieved through the mounting tension and release of Sinatra's best-teasing vocal lines", while his recording of " River, Stay 'Way from My Door " in April demonstrated his "brilliance as a syncopational improviser".
Buddy Collette considered the swing albums to have been heavily influenced by Sammy Davis, Jr.