Pretty Good Money for a Newbie!

Discussion in 'Music' started by bookslover, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    When trumpeter and bandleader Harry James (1916-1983) hired Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) to be the boy singer in his new band in 1939, he paid Sinatra $75 per week.

    $75 per week is $3,900 per year. Adjusted for inflation, that works out to just under $71,500 a year in today's money.

    So, $75 a week was pretty good money to start a career on!
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  2. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    Brother, do you think this is an appropriate thread to start on the Lord's Day?
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  3. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    I don't think it was the Lord's Day yet here in California when I started the thread. I don't know where the Puritan Board is "based," but we're always 2 or 3 hours behind the rest of you!
  4. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    At least he didn't sell his soul for a mere $75.
  5. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    It isn't that much if Sinatra had to pay his own room and board while on the road (which was all the time). I know they often travelled by chartered bus, but I don't think bandleaders paid for lodging.

    I spent time playing trombone on a cruise ship. It only paid $300 per week (in 1989) but food, lodging, medical, dental, and entertainment were all included on the ship. My only expense was postcards.
  6. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    That's interesting. I guess if you've got minimal expenses, cruise ship work can be quite lucrative.
  7. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Especially if you have extravagant taste anyway. (We ate the same food as the passengers.)

    It was a good gig for a 24 year old with student loans.

    I think Sinatra started making good money when he signed with Tommy Dorsey. However, he still had to share a room with Buddy Rich!

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