Rough Childhood

Talking to journalist David Lewin in 1964, Sinatra told the writer about the rough hood where he raised in Hoboken, New Jersey. “Even as a youngster, I thought about what I was going to do when I grew-up,” he said. “Many of my childhood friends grew-up to serve sentences of from 10 to 15 years in jail. If I hadn’t broken away, I might have ended up like them too. I got interested in music at 13—perhaps it soothed the savage beast.”