Weegee’s coverage of Frank Sinatra at the Paramount in 1944 was featured in a series of articles in the Guardian about “key events in the history of pop music” by JonSavage:
“The Columbus Day riot: Frank Sinatra is pop’s first star” by JonSavage
A brief excerpt:
“On 12 October 1944, Frank Sinatra opened his third season at New York’s Paramount theatre. It was Columbus Day, a public holiday, and the bobby-soxers turned out in force. The famed New York photographer Weegee (Arthur Fellig) was there with his camera and notebook, capturing the scene in hyperventilated prose.
“Oh! Oh! Frankie,” he began, mimicking the girls’ ululations. “The line in front of the Paramount theatre on Broadway starts forming at midnight. By four in the morning, there are over 500 girls … they wear bobby sox (of course), bow ties (the same as Frankie wears) and have photos of Sinatra pinned to their dresses …
“Then the great moment arrived. Sinatra appeared on stage … hysterical shouts of ‘Frankie … Frankie’; you’ve heard the squeals on the radio when he sings. Multiply that by about a thousand times and you get an idea of the deafening noise.”
For Weegee, this was another example of the human extremities that he documented with his instinct for the climatic moments in New York life: what he didn’t mention was the fact that, after each performance, the Paramount was drenched in urine…”
Weegee quotes from Naked City, pp. 112-115. Urine?