Wednesday, September 8, 2010
No flash in the pan
Must have been The Three Flashes.
Long before American Idol there was Ted Mack's Amateur Hour. And before television there was Major Bowe's Amateur Hour on station WOR. And on this day in 1935, at the Capitol Theatre in New York City, the Hoboken Four snagged the top prize: a six-month contract to appear on radio and stage.
They couldn't call him Ol' Blue Eyes yet (he was only 19), but Francis Albert Sinatra was on his way. Who WERE those other guys, and what happened to them? As we look for help click here and listen to the group's recording from the Original Amateur Hour.