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Frankie Laine

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Though his influence demonstrated less durable than his record sales, Frankie Laine was probably one of the most well-known vocalists from the 1950s, swinging jazz standards in addition to six Western movie themes of that time period along with his manly baritone. Laine’s relatively artificial Western character proved more lucrative in far-off Britain, where he arranged two chart information in 1953: his edition of “I REALLY BELIEVE” remained at number 1 within the U.K. for an unbelievable 18 weeks, and his two following chart-toppers that yr (“Hey Joe,” “Response Me”) set an archive by placing Laine at number 1 for 27 weeks through the yr. Created in Chicago in 1913, Laine sang in the neighborhood chapel choir and 1st performed appropriately at age 15. He shifted to nightclubs by his later on high-school years and started traveling around the united states, performing like a performing waiter and dance trainer furthermore to menial labor such as for example car product sales and machinist function. Laine transferred up a rung in 1937, when he changed Perry Como within a local big music group led by Freddy Carlone. Laine was back again by himself by the middle-’40s, but a stirring rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Rockin’ Seat” performed one evening when Carmichael was himself within the audience became the youthful singer’s break. Carmichael discovered him employment at Hollywood’s Vine Road Membership and funded Laine’s initial recording program; his instincts became spot-on, since among the monitors, “We’ll Be Jointly,” became very popular after Laine agreed upon with Mercury Information in 1945. “That’s My Desire” strike number four within the American graphs two years afterwards, and Laine re-entered the very best Ten in 1948 with “Stand out.” He strike the big style the following season, with two large numbers one strikes, “That Lucky Outdated Sunlight” and “Mule Teach.” Another chart-topper, 1950’s “The Cry from the Outrageous Goose,” was his last for Mercury, and he agreed upon with Columbia just one single season afterwards. Laine’s Columbia profession noticed him move toward husky nation & traditional western pop with plans and orchestra conduction by Mitch Miller, the vocal pop impresario who created a few of the most schmaltzy pop music from the 1950s (and documented it aswell, in some Sing-Along with Mitch Miller LPs). Laine succumbed to Miller’s machinations quickly enough, and although his debut Columbia solitary, “Jezebel”/”Rose, Rose, I REALLY LIKE You,” was a double-sided Best Five strike, he never once again reached number 1 in America. Rather, he resolved for consistent TOP placings through the early ’50s, with “Hey, Great Lookin’,” “Jealousy (Jalousie),” “Large Noon,” “I REALLY BELIEVE,” and “Inform Me a tale.” Laine became far more well-known in the uk and European countries than America during this time period, and after his last American TOP hit (“Like Is really a Golden Band” in 1957), he considered lavish cabaret trips that crisscrossed the entire world and discovered him embracing progressively inspirational and spiritual materials. He retired to his house in California through the middle-’80s. He passed on from heart failing on Feb 6, 2007.

Quick Facts


Full Name Frankie Laine
Died February 6, 2007, San Diego, California, United States
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Marcia Ann Kline, Nan Grey
Children Jan Steiger
Parents John Lo Vecchio, Anna Lo Vecchio
Siblings Phil Lo Vecchio
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Rawhide, That Lucky Old Sun, Mule Train, Moonlight Gambler, I Believe, Riders In The Sky, That's My Desire, The Cry of the Wild Goose, Answer Me, Tell Me a Story, Cool Water, High Moon, Sixteen Tons, Rose Rose I Love You, Love Is a Golden Ring, Your Cheatin' Heart, A Woman In Love, You Gave Me A Mountain, The Kid's Last Fight, There Must Be A Reason, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Metro Polka, Jezebel, Don't Make My Baby Blue, Making Memories, Blowing Wild, I'll Take Care of Your Cares, Hey Joe!, Wanted Man, You Wanted Someone to Play With, Don't Fence Me In, Wonderful Wasn't It?
Albums Songs by Frankie Laine, Rain Rain Rain, A Woman in Love, Frankie Laine: That's My Desire, Frankie 100, That's My Desire, Frankie, Forever Frankie Laine, Vol. 2, Country & Western Favourites, Frankie Lane: That's My Desire, The Signature Collection, Cool Water: Frankie Laine All Time Greatest Hits, 100 (Remastered), Forever Frankie Laine, Vol. 1, Careless Love (Digitally Remastered), Someday Sweetheart, 100 Famous and Beautiful Frankie Laine Songs, Ultimate Laine, Jezebel, The Legendary Frankie Laine Volume One, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Sunny Side Of The Street, Ultimate Frankie Laine Collection, Golden Greats - Frankie Laine, Good Evening Friends, Old Man Jazz, That's What I Need (Remastered), High Noon, Legendary Frankie Laine Vol 1, Return Of Mr. Rhythm, Heroes Collection - Frankie Laine, Immortal Masterpieces, Frankie Laine Selected Hits Vol. 1, High Society Vol.2, Jazz, Highlights of Frankie Laine, The Classic Collection, Frankie Laine's 16 Tons, Frankie Laine - Rawhide, Frankie Laine's Greatest Hits, The Best of Frankie Laine, Reunion In Rhythm, Balladeer, The Collection, The Essential Frankie Laine, The Very Best Of : Frankie Laine, Memories in Gold, Turn It Over - the Uk & Usa "B" Sides, Heroes of the Big Country - Frakie Laine, Best Of Frankie Laine, Tarrier Song (Mono Version)
Nominations NME Award for World's Outstanding Popular Singer, NME Award for Favourite US Male Singer, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Male Singer
Movies He Laughed Last, Bring Your Smile Along, Meet Me in Las Vegas, When You're Smiling, Sunny Side of the Street, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, Frankie Laine: European Concert, Frankie Laine: Live at the Orleans, Moments to Remember: The Golden Hits of the '50s and '60s


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#Fact
1 Was first and primarily a popular singer. With songs on the charts as late as the 1970s he was most popular during the late 1940s and early 1950s when he had several top 20 hits.
2 A businessman as well as a singer, Laine owned the Frankie Laine Rambler auto dealership in the Los Angeles Area in the 1960s. Rambler was a model manufactured by Nash Motors, which eventually changed its name to American Motors Corporation, now defunct.
3 Sang the theme song for the TV series, Rawhide (1959), which ran on CBS-TV from 1959 to 1965.
4 One of his dance partners during the Depression marathons was jazz vocalist Anita O'Day. Red Skelton was an M.C.
5 He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6385 Hollywood Boulevard and for Television at 1645 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
6 Tex Ritter sang the title song from High Noon (1952) but Laine's recording reached No. 5 in the Billboard charts, besting Ritter's version, which peaked at No. 12.
7 Stepfather of Jan Steiger and Pam Donner.
8 Brother of Phil Lo Vecchio.
9 Earned a living as a marathon dancer before his big break.
10 His musical influences included Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday.
11 Earned more than 20 gold records, and sold over 100 million records.
12 Son of Sicilian immigrants.
13 His big breakthrough came when Hoagy Carmichael heard him sing in a Los Angeles nightclub.
14 He had 2 stepchildren from Nan Grey's first marriage.
15 When Mel Brooks advertised in the show business trade papers for a "Frankie Laine-type" voice to sing the title song for Blazing Saddles (1974), he expected a good imitation of the real Laine. Instead, Laine himself showed at Brooks' office two days later, ready to do the job. He got the job and sang the Oscar-nominated title song again at the Academy Awards the following year.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo 1979-1981 TV Series singer - 38 episodes
Rango 1967 TV Series singer - 17 episodes
Rawhide 1959-1965 TV Series singer - 217 episodes
Gunslinger 1961 TV Series singer - 4 episodes
The Adventures of Champion 1955 TV Series vocalist - 4 episodes
Thunder in the East 1951 band: vocals - uncredited
The Kid from Brooklyn 1946 singing voice: "fatso" - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "I Believe"
The Footy Show 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "JEZEBEL"
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites 2008 TV Movie performer: "That's My Desire" - uncredited
Mad Men 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hollywoodland 2006 performer: "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
Cold Case 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Dirty Shame 2004 performer: "Tell Me A Story"
Chopper 2000 performer: "Don't Fence Me In"
Little Voice 1998 performer: "Rawhide"
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "Jezebel"
Bye Bye Love 1995 performer: "Rawhide"
Tohuwabohu 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jennifer 8 1992 performer: "High Noon Do Not Forsake Me"
Mac 1992 performer: "MULE TRAIN"
Whore 1991 performer: "LOVE OF LOVES" / writer: "LOVE OF LOVES"
Men Don't Leave 1990 performer: "RAWHIDE"
Cannon and Ball 1982 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Raging Bull 1980 performer: "That's My Desire" 1947
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo 1979 TV Series performer: "The Ballad of Sheriff Lobo"
Going Steady 1979 performer: "My Little One"
House Calls 1978 performer: "On the sunny side of the street"
Lemon Popsicle 1978 performer: "My Little One"
All This and World War II 1976 Documentary performer: "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
The 47th Annual Academy Awards 1975 TV Special performer: "Benji's Theme I Feel Love", "Blazing Saddles", "We May Never Love Like This Again"
Blazing Saddles 1974 performer: "Blazing Saddles"
The Last Picture Show 1971 performer: "Rose, Rose, I Love You" - uncredited
Music Scene 1969 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rango 1967 TV Series performer: "Rango"
The Mike Douglas Show 1964 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Gunslinger 1961 TV Series performer: Theme song
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards 1960 TV Special performer: "The Hanging Tree"
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Make Room for Daddy 1959 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rawhide 1959 TV Series "Rawhide Theme"
Bullwhip 1958 performer: "Bullwhip"
The Frank Sinatra Show 1958 TV Series writer - 1 episode
3:10 to Yuma 1957 performer: "3:10 to Yuma"
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 performer: "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" 1957
He Laughed Last 1956 performer: "Save Your Sorrow For Tomorrow", "Danny Boy"
Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 performer: "Hell Hath No Fury"
Bring Your Smile Along 1955 performer: "Bring Your Smile Along", "When A Girl Is Beautiful", "If Spring Never Comes", "Italian Mother Song Mama Mia", "Side By Side", "Mama Mia", "The Gandy Dancers' Ball"
Strange Lady in Town 1955 performer: "Strange Lady in Town"
Man Without a Star 1955 "Man Without A Star"
Blowing Wild 1953 performer: "Blowing Wild" The Ballad of Black Gold
Castle in the Air 1952 performer: "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", "The Girl In The Wood", "Wonderful Wasn't It", "There's A Rainbow Round My Shoulder"
Sunny Side of the Street 1951 performer: "On The Sunny Side Of The Street", "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die", "I May Be Wrong But I Think You're Wonderful"
The Frank Sinatra Show 1951 TV Series performer - 1 episode
When You're Smiling 1950 performer: "When You're Smiling", "Georgia On My Mind"
Make Believe Ballroom 1949 performer: "On The Sunny Side Of The Street"
The Kid from Brooklyn 1946 performer: "Hey! What's Your Name?" 1946

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Burke's Law 1963 TV Series Kelly Rogers
Bachelor Father 1961 TV Series
Rawhide 1960 TV Series Ralph Bartlet
Make Room for Daddy 1959 TV Series Frankie Laine
Perry Mason 1959 TV Series Danny Ross
Rock 'Em Cowboy 1958 Short Frankie Laine
He Laughed Last 1956 Gino Lupo
Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 Frankie Laine
Bring Your Smile Along 1955 Jerry Dennis
Castle in the Air 1952 Frankie Laine
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Guest Vocalist
Sunny Side of the Street 1951 Singer Frankie Laine
When You're Smiling 1950 Frankie Laine
Make Believe Ballroom 1949 Singer Frankie Laine

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Adventures of Champion 1955 TV Series vocalist - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Picture Show 1971 for their music we thank: courtesy of Columbia Records

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites 2008 TV Movie Himself
Moments to Remember: My Music 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Frankie Laine: An American Dreamer 2006 Video documentary Himself
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Looks Familiar 1982 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cannon and Ball 1982 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
London Night Out 1981 TV Series Himself
American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special 1981 TV Movie Himself
The People's Command Performance 1978 TV Special Himself
Celebrity Bowling 1973-1977 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1977 TV Series Guest Appearance
The Lynne Gordon Show 1977 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards 1975 TV Special Himself - Performer: Blazing Saddles and Performer: We May Never Love Like This Again & Benji's Theme (I Feel Love)
The Mike Douglas Show 1964-1974 TV Series Himself - Vocalist / Himself - Co-Host / Himself
Hee Haw 1973 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Himself - Singer
Music Scene 1969 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1950-1968 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer
The Pat Boone Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1966 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1965 TV Series Himself
That Regis Philbin Show 1965 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1952-1960 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards 1960 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957-1959 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself - Vocalist
The Garry Moore Show 1958-1959 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Himself
The All-Star Christmas Show 1958 TV Movie Himself
The Milton Berle Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Big Record 1958 TV Series Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1957 TV Series Himself
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Singer
Person to Person 1957 TV Series documentary Himself
The Walter Winchell Show 1956 TV Series Himself
Frankie Laine Time 1955-1956 TV Series Himself - Host
Shower of Stars 1955-1956 TV Series Himself, Frankie Laine / Himself - Singer / Himself - Guest Vocalist / ...
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1955 TV Series Himself
Music 55 1955 TV Series documentary Himself
The Frankie Laine Show 1954 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1953 TV Series Himself
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Himself - Guest Vocalist
Screen Snapshots: Meet Mr. Rhythm, Frankie Laine 1952 Documentary short Himself
The Frank Sinatra Show 1951 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself - Comedian
The Jerry Colonna Show 1951 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1950 TV Series Himself - Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screen Snapshots: Mr. Rhythm's Holiday 1956 Documentary short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 1645 Vine Street
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On 8 February 1960. At 6385 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1955 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Male Singer


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#Quote
1 [(from an interview for the book "Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music"] . . . if I had it to do over again, there is one thing I would change. I would make it [success] happen maybe ten years sooner. Ten years is a good stretch of scuffling. But I scuffled for 17 years before it happened and 17 is a bit much.
2 [in a 1987 interview] When people nowadays say that [Elvis Presley] was the first white guy to sound black, I have to shake my head; what can you do? At the time of "That's My Desire", they were saying that I was the only white guy around who sounded black.
3 In my leaner days I failed many an audition because, I was told, I sounded "too black" . . . I'm certain the confusion was the direct result of the music that influenced me while I was developing my style. I guess I became the first of the so-called blue-eyed soul singers.


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