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Sergio Franchi

Biography

Intimate tenor Sergio Franchi was created in Italy; throughout a profession spanning near three years he gained acclaim not merely simply because an entertainer but additionally being a humanitarian, getting the name of “Cavaliery” in the Italian government. Getting an American resident in 1972, Franchi released some recordings for RCA before succumbing to cancers on, may 1, 1990; within the wake of his loss of life, his widow Eva set up the Sergio Franchi Music Base, each year awarding scholarships to learners of vocal research.

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Full Name Sergio Franchi
Died May 1, 1990, Stonington, Connecticut, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American, Italian
Spouse Eva Simone Franchi, Yvonne Lindsey Franchi
Siblings Dana Valery
Albums Canciones románticas de Italia, The Dream Duet, Live at the Cocoanut Grove, Broadway… I Love You, Wine & Song, The Songs of Richard Rodgers, Women in My Life, From Sergio - With Love, The Heart of Christmas (Cuor' di Natale), La Dolce Italy, The Great Moments from Die Fledermaus, The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi, 20 Magnificent Songs, Il Nostro Uomo da Italia, Sergio Franchi, La fisarmonica di Sergio Franchi, A tutta fisa, Vol. 3, Within Me, Con amore Sergio, Sulla Sabbia, I'm a Fool to Want You, Tele House Presents Sergio Franchi, A tutta fisa, Vol. 1 (La fisarmonica solista), Chante l'Italie, There Goes My Heart, A tutta fisa, Vol. 2, Fisarmonicando, Vol. 1, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, Encore!, Sergio Franchi Sings, Italian American Tenor, Our Man From Italy, This Is Sergio Franchi, Buon Natale - Christmas in Italy, The Best Of, 100% Sergio Franchi, Anna Moffo and Sergio Franchi Galli Sing All the Best Show Tunes, Mattinata, 'A Vucchella, The Golden Voice of Italy, Il fantastico!, Volare, Sanremo 1960, Romantic Italian Songs, Christmas Classics, The Beautiful Music Company Presents Sergio Franchi, The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi / Live at the Cocoanut Grove, Buon Natale, La Bella Italia, The Italian Crooner, Marechiare
Movies The Secret of Santa Vittoria


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#Fact
1 In 1963, Sergio Franchi had three new LP albums on Billboard 200 Album Chart: "Our Man From Italy" peaked at #66; "Broadway - I Love You!" peaked at #103; and "The Dream Duet" (with Metropolitan Opera star, Anna Moffo) peaked at #97. All three albums were on RCA classical Red Seal label.
2 Sergio Franchi's 1965 album, "Sergio Franchi Live! at The Coconut Grove" peaked at #114 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
3 Sergio Franchi's personal passion was collecting and restoring classic and antique automobiles. He was a long-time member of the Classic Car Club of America; won awards for his restoration work, and participated in many of their cavalcades. After his death, his important collection aroused strong interest and competitive bidding at Christi's Exceptional Cars Auction in 2006.
4 In recognition of his support for them, The Boys' Towns of Italy presented Sergio Franchi with their prestigious "Michelangelo Award;" and in 2001 he was posthumously awarded the title of Cavaliere in the "Order of Merit" (Stella al merito del lavoro) by the Italian Government.
5 A generous benefactor and philanthropist, Sergio Franchi was honored by The Greater New Orleans Cultural Society on March 12, 1982 where they presented him with the "16th Annual Italian American of the Year Award.".
6 On September 15, 1983, Sergio Franchi gave a Command Performance for President Ronald Reagan in honor of the Portugese State Visit.
7 1976 was the year Sergio Franchi was hired to do television commercials for Chrysler Corporation's Plymouth Volare & for Hills Brothers Coffee. He also signed to endorse Carpineto wines in print media because "Italy produces 90% of the grapes for wine.".
8 On October 10, 1977 Franchi served as Grand Marshall of the world's largest Italian-American celebration - New York City's Columbus Day Parade.
9 As of 1987, Sergio Franchi held the record for the biggest one-week attendance draw at the North Shore Music Theater.
10 In May of 1965, Sergio Franchi sang at the huge annual Congressional Club luncheon honoring First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson.
11 In November 0f 1963, Sergio Franchi was invited to attend a rally for President John F. Kennedy at the Monticello Hotel in Framingham, MA and to sing the National Anthem.
12 On April 17, 1968, Franchi sang The National Anthem for the Opening Day game (New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants) at Shea Stadium.
13 Appeared as a Mystery Guest on "What's My Line?".
14 Sergio's 1962 release "Romantic Italian Songs" reached The Billboard Top 200 (167th) 36 years later in 1998 when it was re-issued as a CD.
15 A prolific recording artist on the RCA Victor label, his albums "Romantic Italian Songs" (his first US album,1962), and his 1965 Christmas Album, "The Heart of Christmas" were on Billboard's Top-40 album charts during their respective years.
16 TV spokesperson for the Plymouth Volare in the 1970s.
17 Brother of singer/actress Dana Valery.
18 After becoming an American citizen in 1972, Sergio often called himself "a Yankee Frankee.".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Race for Glory 1989 performer: "O Sole Mio"
Three Coins in the Fountain 1970 TV Movie performer: "Three Coins in the Fountain"
The Ed Sullivan Show 1967-1970 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Secret of Santa Vittoria 1969 performer: "The Song of Santa Vittoria Stay"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Secret of Santa Vittoria 1969 Tufa
The Red Skelton Hour 1969 TV Series the Black Knight
Sing, aber spiel nicht mit mir 1963

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live with Kelly and Michael 1988-1989 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1965-1985 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself / Himself - Tenor
The 37th Annual Tony Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
The All-Time American Songbook 1982 TV Movie Himself - Tenor
Musical Comedy Tonight II 1981 TV Movie Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1966-1978 TV Series Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Singer / Himself - Tenor / ...
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself - Singer
Jack Paar Tonite 1973 TV Series Himself - Singer
Dinah's Place 1973 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Julie Andrews Hour 1972-1973 TV Series Himself - Tenor / Himself
The David Frost Show 1970-1972 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer / Himself - Guest
Saturday Variety 1972 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969-1972 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer / Himself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1962-1971 TV Series Himself - Singer / Opera Tenor / Singer / ...
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself - Tenor
The Linkletter Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Real Tom Kennedy Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Della 1970 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1970 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself
The Jerry Lewis Show 1968 TV Series Himself - Singer / Actor
The Gypsy Rose Lee Show 1967 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Dean Martin Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Danny Kaye Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Fanfare 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer-Actor
The Jack Paar Program 1964 TV Series Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1964 TV Series Himself - Singer
Be My Guest 1961 TV Series Himself
Showtime 1960 TV Series Himself
Words and Music 1960 TV Series Himself
Russ Conway 1960 TV Series Himself

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#Quote
1 On being poor and being rich: The feeling of being poor is terrible You think the whole world is against you...I went on no matter what!...Now that I am rich, I enjoy the fact that I can walk into any restaurant anywhere and not think how much the bill is going to be.
2 On the fear of dying: I died once in a night club. It was my first night club date. I'm 39, quite successful, make quite a lot of money, happy. When Will I be in a better shape to face it?
3 In revenge for all those singing 'Arrivederci Roma' in English, I'm going to sing 'Chicago' in Italian!


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