In 1948, this article appeared in the pamphlet, Red Betrayal of Youth, written by Kenneth Goff. It’s easy to laugh at these relics now, but 60 years ago the mere suggestion of communist sympathies could and did ruin the careers of many promising artists. This article goes well beyond that. It concludes that Sinatra was, in a memorable (and laughable) turn of phrase, “swooning the youth of America into the arms of atheistic Communism.” 1948 clearly was not a good year for Sinatra.
For your amusement, I present:
Sinatra: Commie Playboy
One of the outstanding young Reds in Hollywood is Frankie Sinatra, the young man who expects every young maiden to swoon at the sound of his rasping voice. Yet behind that Dr. Jekyl voice is the voice of Bloody Joe enticing our youth into his deadly Marxian philosophy. Sinatra co-operates closely with the American Youth for Democracy and the C.I.O.-P.A.C. Early this year he was one of eight who was awarded medals from the A.Y.D. for “major contributions to democracy and to the war effort.” He has been active in appearances in racial troubled zones. Other awards were to Peggy Ryan, entertainer; Bill Mauldin, left-wing cartoonist; Slim Aaron of “Yank” magazine; At. Edvina Todd, navy nurse; Edward Carter, Negro service man, and Harry Tannye, Japanese American. Frank Sinatra, commonly called “the voice,” is one of the star performers at A.Y.D. rallies where young people are recruited into the Communist party.
His bold promotion of “bobby sexism” has added to the great waves of juvenile delinquency in America. In San Francisco on March 23, 1946, fifty-six adolescent Sinatra fans were taken into custody by police as they stood shivering in a waiting line in front of the Golden Gate Theater at 4:30 in the morning, six hours before the “voice” was scheduled to appear. The police hauled 53 indignant bobby soxers and three boys to the juvenile home on technical charges of violating the curfew law which prohibits anyone under 18 from being on the streets between 11:00 p. m. and 6 a. m. Most of the children were from Oakland.
One father said, “The police were well justified in picking up the girls. I think Sinatra should be run out of town.”
Of late this young Red punk has been touring the country swooning bobby soxers with his baritone voice while he tells their parents how to vote. He appeared before 16,000 left-wingers in Madison Square Gardens last year at the opening of a nationwide campaign by the Communist Party and the New Deal’s “Russian Firsters” to capture the veteran’s votes.
Frank Sinatra, defiant in bow tie, demanded freedom for the Chinese; a campaign against the Spanish Government; and public recognition of the political possibilities of radio crooners. While Sinatra and others demanded the overthrowing of Franco, Red Fascists passed out handbills in the crowd which read, ” Veterans: Join the Communist Party . . . Our party stands for the ownership and control of the nation’s economy by the workers and farmers.”
Through this one performance alone any intelligent person ought to be able to see how “Red Frankie,” with his gentle purring voice is swooning the youth of America into the arms of atheistic Communism.