September 8, 1935: Frank Sinatra , as lead singer of The Hoboken Four, performed on Major Bowes Amateur Hour on WOR. The band won the competition, held at Capitol Theatre in New York City. Before they were known as The Hoboken, the band played under the name The 3 Flashes. The name The Hoboken was provided by Frank Sinatra when the band was preparing to perform live at the Sands in 1935, an audition for the Major Bowes Amateur Hour . Later, Mr Bowes changed the name to The Hoboken Four. After winning on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour , they were invited back, but this time Major Bowes had to change the name to fool any contenders and the audience from thinking it was the same winning group competing against a fresh pack of amateurs. The group did that several times.