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New York law affecting musicians (1960s)

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I recently came across this snippet which was a bit on an eyeopener!

"Until 1967, musical performers (in NY) had to be fingerprinted and carry "cabaret cards".

Artists with criminal records, such as Ray Charles or Billie Holiday, couldn't perform.

Frank Sinatra didn't sing in New York for years, because the Sultan of Swoon refused to submit to the ignominy of being fingerprinted."

I assume it's true - and apparently had its origin in the Prohibition Era.

 

 

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