Frank Sinatra was in the wrong country at the wrong time. He arrived in Australia for concerts in July 1974, just three years after Germaine Greer had published The Female Eunuch and only 18 months after Melbourne singer Helen Reddy had a worldwide hit with I Am Woman, virtually the theme song for the then rapidly expanding women’s liberation movement.
It was hardly the right moment for Sinatra to get up on stage at Melbourne’s Festival Hall and describe Australia’s female journalists as “buck-and-a-half hookers”.
I (don’t) love how the implication here is that if only Sinatra had timed his trip differently, he could just call anyone he wanted to a “buck-and-a-half hooker”. The rest of the article is pretty cool. Australia wouldn’t let Sinatra leave until he apologized. Spoiler: he didn’t apologize.
An interesting find from a Redditor — someone discovered Chance’s old Facebook page and got two of his early mixtapes. I believe these have floated around a bit before, but I’ve never investigated further. Now they’re here, so.