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Frank Sinatra sings a few notes for photographers backstage before performing at the Hollywood Bowl. This photo was published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 15, 1943.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Frank Sinatra poses with Los Angeles Philmarmonic conductor Vladimir Bakaleninikoff, left, and Morris Stoloff from RKO Studios.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Fans wait for the turnstiles to open at the Hollywood Bowl for Frank Sinatra's August 1943 performance.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Frank Sinatra performs at the Hollywood Bowl.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Frank Sinatra performs at the Hollywood Bowl.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Frank Sinatra performs at the Hollywood Bowl.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

A fan uses binoculars to watch Frank Sinatra during his performance at Hollywood Bowl. This photo was not published in 1943, but did appear in the 1999 book "High Exposure: Hollywood Lives, Found Photos from the Archives of the Los Angeles Times." In the book, the image was reversed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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Aug. 14, 1943: Frank Sinatra performs at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Vladimir Bakaleninikoff, was the opening act. The Phil’s selections included the “Bumble Bee” and “Night on Bald Mountain,” used in the Disney movie “Fantasia.”

Then at 10 p.m., Morris Stoloff of RKO Studios appeared on stage with Sinatra.

L.A. Times writer Marvin Miles explains what happened:

From the moon-bathed tiers of venerable Hollywood Bowl last night came the inconceivable – hysterical screams, pleading, sighs, whistles, endearments, gasps, agonized cries ….

Sinatra was singing!

Here!

At last!

“You’ll never know just how much I miss you,” the magic voice whispered, “You’ll never know just how much I care…”

Frankie was sending, but solid, for 10,000 slick chicks who almost mobbed his automobile after the performance.

Tenderly caressing the mike, the down-beat dandy cooed softly – and oh, so intimately – to the breathless babies in bobby socks ….

Some listened dreamily with eyes closed; some squirmed, others were completely ecstatic, entranced; still others were demonstrative, ringing [sic] their hands and moaning softly in obvious bids for attention.

But all had one emotion in common – their feverish devotion to the little juke box johnnie, best expressed in the screams and cries and whistles that welled up from the amphitheater when Frankie finished each number ….

Miles ended his article with:

All in all it was a big night, best expressed by one breathless babe. “He sends me – and he leaves me there.”

The accompanying seven-photo gallery includes several images on Sinatra onstage that were not published the next day. The Times did publish the closeup of Sinatra singing backstage.

What is missing are images of the bobby socks crowd. There were a couple of images published after Sinatra’s concert, but neither the prints nor the negatives have been located.

These images were recently scanned from original 4-inch-by-5-inch negatives. The photographer is unknown.

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