Two decades before the Beatles, Frank Sinatra had the same effect on girls and young women.
It started because of a great publicity stunt and the power of suggestion.
At one performance, Sinatra’s press agent paid a handful of girls to scream, jump up and down, and pretend to faint.
After they went into their schtick, the other girls in the audience didn’t need cuing or payment to start acting the same way, and wide press coverage of the performance ensured that paying women for this service would never be necessary again.
However, Sinatra was not the first musician to get the treatment either.
Over a hundred years earlier, a fiercely handsome pianist and composer, Hungarian Franz Liszt, left a trail of swooning female fans throughout Europe.
Fortunately for music lovers, he tired of the virtuoso superstar life in 1847 and put his energies into composing and arranging.