HARRY JAMES WAS BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1916

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Musician and bandleader, Harry James was an instrumentalist of the swing era. He
was one of the most popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he
continued  to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later. His was the
first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra, in 1939. He wanted to change Sinatra’s name to ‘Frankie Satin’ but Sinatra refused. His later band included
drummer Buddy Rich. Harry James was second only to Glenn Miller as the most successful recording artist of 1942.  

Harry James and his Orchestra on The Ed Sullivan show

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Frank Sinatra, right, with Harry James and his orchestra in 1939

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VETERAN ACTRESS JANE RUSSELL IS DEAD AT 89

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jane Russell, the brunette who was discovered by Howard Hughes and went on to become one of the biggest stars of the 1940s and ’50s, has died at age 89.

    Russell’s daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield says the actress died Monday at her home in Santa Maria of a respiratory-related illness.

    Hughes, the eccentric billionaire, cast Russell in his sexy, and controversial, 1941 Western "The Outlaw," turning her into an overnight star.

    She would go on to appear opposite such leading men as Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope, as well as fellow actress Marilyn Monroe.

    Although her film career slowed in the 1960s, Russell remained active throughout her life.

    Until her health began to decline a few weeks ago, Waterfield said she remained active singing and working for various causes.

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    ACTRESS BETTY GARRETT, DEAD AT 91

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Betty Garrett, the vivacious Broadway star who played Frank Sinatra’s sweetheart in two MGM musicals before her career was hampered by the Hollywood blacklist, has died in Los Angeles, her son said Sunday.

    Garrett was best known as the flirtatious girl in love with the shy Sinatra in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "On the Town," both in 1949, and later in life she became well-known to TV audiences with recurring roles in the 1970s sitcoms "All in the Family"
    and "Laverne and Shirley." Garrett died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, most likely from an aortic aneurysm, said her son, Garrett Parks.

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    SINATRA’S RADIO DEBUT ON THIS DATE IN 1943

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    Frank Sinatra made his radio debut ,above, as a singer when he joined Your Hit
    Parade
    on CBS in 1943. He stayed on the show until 1945, returning (1946- 49)
    to co-star with Doris Day.

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    The Frank Sinatra Your Hit Parade cardboard fan, designed like a tobacco
    leaf, is a rare collectible.

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    FRANK SINATRA JR. IS 67 TODAY

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                          Frank Sinatra with son Frank Jr.

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