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Franke & the Knockouts


Led by singer Franke Previte, the brand new Brunswick, NJ, group Franke & the Knockouts have scored several pop strikes in the first ’80s. Previte, who got played in regional rings since his teenagers, shaped the group with guitarist Billy Elworthy in 1981 plus they had been quickly agreed upon to Millennium Information. Rounding out the initial quintet had been keyboardist Blake Levinsohn, bassist Leigh Foxx, and drummer Claude LeHenaff. Their self-titled debut, which showcased their light pop/rock and roll leanings, was a shock success, spawning a high Ten one with “Sweetheart” and a high 40 follow-up, “You’re My Lady.” Personnel adjustments would happen when LeHenaff remaining in past due 1981 (potential Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres seems on their following few albums) and key pad participant Tommy Ayers became a member of early the next 12 months. In 1982, the music group released their second recording, Below the Belt, and once again scored a high 40 hit using the keyboard-heavy ballad “Without You (Not really Another Lonely Night time)” that summer time. Switching brands to MCA, Franke & the Knockouts last launch, 1984’s Makin’ the idea, continuing the band’s diminishing fortunes. Previte struck it big in 1987 when two tunes that he previously co-written had been included on the Dirty Dance soundtrack. Eric Carmen’s edition of his “Hungry Eye” would turn into a Best Five smash (and restore the previous Raspberry to graph prominence), while Expenses Medley and Jennifer Warnes would best the graphs with “(I’ve Experienced) ENOUGH TIME of MY ENTIRE LIFE.” “Starving Eye,” originally documented but by no means released by Franke & the Knockouts, alongside all three from the group’s charting singles show up on 1999’s compilation Sweetheart Collection.

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Music Songs Sweetheart, You're My Girl, She's a Runner, Never Had It Better, Keep on Fighting, One for All, You Don't Want Me, Just What I Want, Runnin' Into the Night, Annie Goes to Hollywood, Come Rain or Shine, You're All That Really Matters, Carrie Why?, One Good Reason, Blame It on My Heart, Have No Fear, Any Way That You Want Me, Without You, Shakedown, Can't Get Enough of You, Morning Sun, Outrageous, Come Back, Tell Me Why, Gina, Tonight, Don't Stop, So Cool, We The People
Albums Makin' the Point (Original Recording Remastered), Below the Belt (Original Recording Remastered), Franke & The Knockouts

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