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Frank Sinatra on University at Buffalo Campus – 1941

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Frank Sinatra at UB's Norton Hall - September 22, 1941

On September 22, 1941, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra perform in Norton Hall for Pep Week. Dorsey’s entourage included a young Frank Sinatra and drummer Buddy Rich.

The event was apparently well attended but received little coverage in the Bee Student newspaper.

Tommy Dorsey, the “sentimental gentleman” and his orchestra were in Buffalo, N.Y. for a week long engagement at Shea’s Buffalo starting on Friday, September 19th. (see “Comes Tommy Dorsey” Buffalo Courier-Express, 19 September 1941)

It’s interesting to note that Sinatra, only in his mid-20’s at the time, was just a “featured” performer and not the main attraction.

Added entertainers for the Shea’s shows included Paul Winchell, “world’s greatest ventriloquist,” and the Condos Brothers, dancing stars.

Both Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra made good use of their time in Buffalo, N.Y. as both made in-store appearances at Rab’s Record Store, located at 1672 Main St, meeting their fans and signing autographs.


Buffalo Courier-Express, Saturday, September 20, 1941

Buffalo-NY-Courier-Express-1941-9-17COMES TOMMY DORSEY

Ace trombonist and band will be
at Buffalo Friday

Tommy Dorsey, “the sentimental gentleman,” and his orchestra, with all his radio and stage entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Ziggy Elman, Connie Haines and the Pied Pipers, will be seen on the stage at Shea’s Buffalo starting Friday. Added features will be Paul Winchell, “world’s greatest ventriloquist,” and the Condos Brothers, dancing stars. On the screen will be Dr. Kildare’s Wedding Day, with Lew Ayres, Laraine Day, Red Skelton and Lionel Barrymore.

Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra have appeared in many outstanding hotels, theaters and night spots. His fame has been enhanced by several national radio hook-ups. His records especially are in demand. He also is known as one of the greatest of all trombone players.

Among the better known engagements of Dorsey and his orchestra have been the Astor Roof in New York, the Palmer Hotel in Chicago, the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto and the famous Meadowbrook Country Club in New Jersey.


Buffalo Courier-Express, September 17, 1941

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