On Columbus Day in 1944 Frankie's Bobby Soxer fans rioted in front of the Paramount where he was playing. One of the NYPD captains called in to contain them said that he hadn't seen carnage like this since the first day that war time restrictions on nylon were lifted and nylon stockings went on sale at Bloomingdale's. Apparently you could hear the screams of "Fraannnkie!" for blocks at volume levels that suggested that Godzilla was out looking for him.
In a poll amongst GI's during WWII Frankie, a write-in candidate, easily beat Hitler as "Most Detested"human being as they were sure, often quite correctly, that he had replaced them in their girlfriends' affections back home.