Frank Sinatra and the 3 Flashes
The 3 Flashes was a musical group, that with the addition of Frank Sinatra were renamed the Hoboken Four, after being known as Frank Sinatra and the 3 Flashes.
Frank Sinatra said in 1966 while performing live at the Sands that away back in 1935 when the group went to try out for the Major Bowes Amateur Hour, Mr Bowes decided that the name just did not work and he changed it to the Hoboken Four. The group won the Amateur hour and according to Frank was invited back to compete again, but this time Major Bowes had to change the name to fool any contenders or the audience from thinking it was the same winning group competing against a fresh pack of amateurs. Later in life Frank often joked (most notably during his live 1966 Sands Recording) about all the dozens of names his group was given and how Major Bowes kept rigging the show for Frank to win.
-  Amateur Hour collection guide
- Photograph of the Hoboken Four The older man in the middle is presumed to be Major Bowes. - The same photographs can be found in the Library of Congress LOC.gov
- An Italian Webpage Dedicated to the Hoboken Four Written in Italian - The same photographs can be found in the Library of Congress LOC.gov
- Here is a Translation via Google.