PopularSong.org ranks this song as the 23rd most popular of 1941. It's also included on the compilation album, The Best Years of Our Lives: The Most Popular Songs of 1941.
Joe Bushkin wrote the music, a career highlight for which he remains best known. ("Now I'd like to play you a medley of my hit.") The lyrics are by Joel DeVries.
In April of 1941, Dad was part of a group of Augustana College seminarians who made a road trip to Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. If I ever asked him the reason for it, I've forgotten the answer.
Knowing Dad, I'm guessing the dubious looks are probably staged.
Other Frank Sinatra 100 posts:
"Our Love". (2/14/2015)
"I'll Never Smile Again". (2/15/2015)
"Fools Rush In". (2/16/2017)