Singing with the Tommy Dorsey big band launched Frank Sinatra’s career as the biggest singer of the 20th Century. Go big with this incredible multi-signed envelope featuring Sinatra, Connie Haines and Tommy Dorsey (who died prematurely at the age of 51). Beyond important, this period signed souvenir originates during “Ol’ Blue Eyes” formative period, just as he was beginning to make a name for himself. Full photo LOA from JSA. Detailed description on our website.
The year 1939 saw a youthful Frank Sinatra emerge from performing locally in the New York/New Jersey area to gain a more prominent role as a singer with the Harry James band. Frustrated with his failure to attain national recognition, Frank jumped ship months later to sign with Tommy Dorsey, beginning a three-year run that saw the developing crooner’s fame blossom. Dated “10/1/41” by a fan with the notation “Turners Arena”, this incredible relic is a fine representative from the early days of a true music giant. Measuring approximately 6-1/2 x 2-1/2”, this vintage envelope remains affixed to a period scrapbook page with overall dimensions of 9x7. The aforementioned date and location notations are located at the left end of the envelope which features the autographs of three of the most famous members of the Tommy Dorsey band (average “8-9”) signature quality with: bandleader Tommy Dorsey (d.1956), singer Connie Haines (d.2008) and signer Frank Sinatra (d.1998), with big Frank’s autograph looming as the most prominent of the trio. As this period-signed keepsake hails from a time when scrap-booking was popular, it is mounted to an album page in typical fashion with clear tape on the corners. While the tape does not contact the signatures, toning from the envelopes original factory seam adhesive shows through lightly, however the autographs remain bold and clearly discernable. Additionally the backing page, which bears the notation “Tommy Dorsey band at Turners Arena 10/1/41”, has two vertical tears which do not extend to the prized envelope. Also present in a second scrapbook page affixed with a corresponding newspaper clipping recounting the Dorsey band's appearance at Turner’s Arena, a former sports and entertainment venue that was located in Washington, DC.