Frankie Laine

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Frankie Laine

Successful American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spanned 75 years, from his first concerts in 1930 with a marathon dance company to his final performance of [GUI]That's My Desire[GUI] in 2005 add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1913.

Countries: United States (63%), California (12%), United Kingdom (9%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Mitch Miller, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford

Linked to: Capitol Records, Columbia Records, Mercury Records, The Beatles

 

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Frankie Laine was born in 1913 add something


1920

Even in the 1920s, his vocal abilities were enough to get him noticed by a slightly older "in crowd" at his school, who began inviting him to parties and to local dance clubs, including Chicago 's Merry Garden Ballroom add something


1930

Also included on this album is a version of "I Let Her Go"; an uncensored version of a song that figured prominently in his nightclub act, "On the Road to Mandalay", based on the poem by Rudyard_Kipling; and a classic version of "Wagon Wheels" which he'd been singing as far back as his days with the Merry Garden Ballroom marathon dance company in the early 1930s add something


1937

His next big break came when he replaced Perry Como in the Freddy Carlone band in Cleveland in 1937; Como made a call to Carlone about Laine add something


1938

He changed his professional name to Frankie Laine in 1938, upon receiving a job singing for the New York City radio station WINS add something


1940

Beginning in the late 1940s, Laine starred in over a half dozen backstage musicals, often playing himself; several of these were written and directed by a young Blake Edwards add something


1943

In 1943 he moved to California where he sang in the background of several films, including "The Harvey Girls", and dubbed the singing voice for an actor in the Danny Kaye comedy "The Kid from Brooklyn" add something


1944

Laine cut his first record in 1944, for a fledgling company called "Beltone Records add something


1946

His 1946 recording of "That's My Desire" remains a landmark record signaling the end of both the dominance of the big bands and the crooning styles favored by contemporaries Dick Haymes and Frank Sinatra add something

 

His next big break came when he dusted off a fifteen-year old song that few people remembered in 1946, "That's My Desire" add something

 

In late 1946, Hoagy Carmichael heard him singing at Billy Berg's club in Los Angeles , and this was when success finally arrived add something


1947

Spike Jones - The guest list for Jones's 1947-49 CBS program for Coca-Cola included Frankie Laine, Mel_Torme, Peter Lorre, Don Ameche and Burl Ives


1948

Laine enjoyed his greatest success after impresario Mitch Miller, who became the A&R man at Mercury in 1948, recognized a universal quality in Laine's voice which he began to exploit via a succession of chart-topping popular songs, often with a folk or western flavor add something

 

Frank Sinatra - By the end of 1948, Sinatra felt that his career was stalling, something that was confirmed when he slipped to No. 4 on Down Beat's annual poll of most popular singers (behind Billy Eckstine, Frankie Laine, and Bing Crosby).


1949

Jolson would later visit Laine when both were filming pictures in 1949, and at about this time, Jolson remarked that Laine was going to put all the other singers out of business add something


1950

Along with opening the door for many R&B performers, Laine played a significant role in the civil rights movements of the 1950s and '60s add something

 

But the biggest label of all was Columbia Records, and in 1950 Mitch Miller left Mercury to embark upon his phenomenally successful career as the A&R man there add something

 

Many of his pop-country hits from the early 1950s featured the steel guitar playing of Speedy West add something

 

Terry Gilkyson - He wrote and recorded "The Cry Of the Wild Goose", which became a hit song for Frankie Laine in 1950, as well as the 1953 hit song "Tell Me a Story" recorded by Jimmy Boyd and Laine

 

Jo Stafford - In the 1950s, Stafford had a string of popular hits with Frankie Laine, six of which charted

 

Nan Grey - Grey married the American singer Frankie Laine in June 1950, and Laine adopted Grey's daughters from her first marriage to U. S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey, Jack Westrope


1953

Released as a 10" in 1953, and a 12" in 1954, this album features the talents of Laine, Jo Stafford and bandleader Paul Weston, a Tommy Dorsey alumnus who led one of the top bands of the 1950s, and was the husband of Stafford add something


1954

In 1954, Laine gave a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II which he cites as one of the highlights of his career add something

 

David Whitfield - Whitfield was invited to appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" as well as being one of the stars of the 1954 Royal Command Performance alongside Bob Hope, Frankie Howerd, Guy Mitchell, Norman Wisdom, Max Bygraves, Frankie Laine and Howard Keel


1957

His "Greatest Hits" album, released in 1957, has been a perennial best seller that has never gone out of print add something


1958

A second collaboration with Comstock, recorded in 1958, focused on intimacy add something

 

Laine wrote the lyrics for the title song on another 1958 album, "Torchin"', which was his first recorded in stereo add something


1959

Recorded in 1959, "Balladeer" was a folk-blues album add something


1960

After switching to ABC Records in the late 1960s, he found himself at the top of the charts again, beginning with the first song he recorded, "I'll Take Care of Your Cares" add something

 

In the 1960s, he continued appearing on variety shows such as "Laugh-In", but took on several serious guest-starring roles in shows like "Rawhide", "Burke's Law", and "Perry Mason" add something

 

This album of western classics by Laine established him as "a cowboy singer" for many young fans who grew up in the 1960s add something

 

Mitch Miller - He defined the Columbia style through the early 1960s, signing and producing many important pop standards artists for Columbia, including Johnnie Ray, Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Jimmy Boyd, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell , and in a fortuitous business move for all, enticed both Patti Page and Frankie Laine to join him at Columbia after their early successes at Mercury

 

John Williams - Williams was known as "Little Johnny Love" Williams during the early 1960s, and he served as music arranger and bandleader for a series of popular music albums with the singer Frankie Laine

 

Georgia on My Mind - The song has been covered by many artists, significant among them: Richard Manuel, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Frankie Laine, Dean_Martin, Glenn Miller, Eddy Arnold, The Anita Kerr Singers, Brenda Lee, Zac Brown Band, Michael Bublé, Michael Bolton, Dave Brubeck, Anita O'Day, Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Rebecca Parris, Gerald Albright, Jo Stafford, Gladys Knight, Gene Krupa, Grover Washington, Jr., James Brown, Usher, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat Gonella and The Georgians, Django Reinhardt, Khalil Fong, Wes Montgomery,


1963

In 1963 Laine left Columbia for Capitol Records, but his two years there only produced one album and a handful of singles add something


1974

His rendition of the title song for Mel Brooks's 1974 hit movie "Blazing Saddles" won an Oscar nomination for Best Song, and on television, Laine's featured recording of "Rawhide" for the series of the same name became a popular theme song add something


1976

In 1976, Laine recorded The Beatles song, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" for the documentary "All This and World War II" add something


1980

His career slowed down a little in the 1980s due to triple and quadruple heart bypass surgeries, but he continued cutting albums, including "Wheels Of A Dream" , "Old Man Jazz" and "The Nashville Connection" add something


1981

In 1981, he performed a medley of his hits on "American Bandstand"'s 30th Anniversary Special", where he received a standing ovation add something


1986

In 1986, he recorded an album, "Round Up" with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, which made it to the classical charts add something


1989

Later appearances include "Nashville Now", 1989 and "My Music", 2006 add something


1993

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a true American original, Frankie Laine, of San Diego , CA, who celebrates his 80th birthday Tuesday, March 30, 1993 add something

 

"On his 80th birthday, Tuesday, March 30, 1993, let it be recorded in the permanent Record of the Congress of the United States that Frankie Laine is a national treasure, an American original, and a great and generous friend to the people of this Nation add something


1999

Following a three year engagement to Anita Craighead, the 86-year old singer married Marcia Ann Kline in June 1999 add something


2003

Then, a decade later on March 30, 2003, Frankie celebrated his 90th birthday, and several of his old pals, Herb Jeffries, Patti Page and Kay Starr were welcomed to his birthday bash in San Diego , as each of them gave him a helping hand in blowing out the candles add something


2005

In 2005, he appeared on the PBS "My Music" special despite a recent stroke, performing "That's My Desire," and received a standing ovation add something


Frankie Laine died in 2007 add something

 

Laine died of heart failure on February 6, 2007, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego add something

 

Alfio - After touring the U.S. in 2007, Alfio recorded "Classic Rewinds", a tribute album to 15 Italian-American singers who influenced Alfio when growing up in Sydney: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mario Lanza, Perry Como, Vic Damone, Al Martino, Louis Prima, Jerry Vale, Bobby Rydell, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli, Bon Jovi, and Frankie Avalon


2008

He was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2008 add something


2009

Book, Mr. Rhythm-a Tribute to Frankie Laine by Richard Grudens 2009 add something


2010

In 2010, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him add something


2011

Laine's enduring popularity was illustrated in June 2011, when a TV-advertised compilation called "Hits" reached No. 16 on the British chart add something