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Frankie Laine

Though his influence proved less durable than his record sales, Frankie Laine was one of the most popular vocalists of the 1950s, swinging jazz standards as well as half a dozen Western movie themes of the time with his manly baritone. Laine's somewhat artificial Western nature proved more successful in far-off England, where he set two chart records in 1953: his version of "I Believe" stayed at number one in the U.K. for an incredible 18 weeks, and his two subsequent chart-toppers that year ("Hey Joe," "Answer Me") set a record by putting Laine at number one for 27 weeks during the year.

Born in Chicago in 1913, Laine sang in the local church choir and first performed professionally at the age of 15. He moved to nightclubs by his later high-school years and began traveling around the country, performing as a singing waiter and dance instructor in addition to menial labor such as car sales and machinist work. Laine moved up a rung in 1937, when he replaced Perry Como in a regional big band led by Freddy Carlone. Laine was back on his own by the mid-'40s, but a stirring rendition of Hoagy Carmichael's "Rockin' Chair" performed one night when Carmichael was himself in the audience proved to be the young singer's break.

Carmichael found him a job at Hollywood's Vine Street Club and funded Laine's first recording session; his instincts proved to be spot-on, since one of the tracks, "We'll Be Together," became quite popular after Laine signed with Mercury Records in 1945. "That's My Desire" hit number four in the American charts two years later, and Laine re-entered the Top Ten in 1948 with "Shine." He hit the big time the following year, with two huge number one hits, "That Lucky Old Sun" and "Mule Train." Another chart-topper, 1950's "The Cry of the Wild Goose," was his last for Mercury, and he signed with Columbia just one year later.

Laine's Columbia career saw him move toward husky country & western pop with arrangements and orchestra conduction by Mitch Miller, the vocal pop impresario who produced some of the most schmaltzy pop music of the 1950s (and recorded it as well, in a series of Sing-Along with Mitch Miller LPs). Laine succumbed to Miller's machinations soon enough, and even though his debut Columbia single, "Jezebel"/"Rose, Rose, I Love You," was a double-sided Top Five hit, he never again reached number one in America. Instead, he settled for consistent Top Ten placings during the early '50s, with "Hey, Good Lookin'," "Jealousy (Jalousie)," "High Noon," "I Believe," and "Tell Me a Story." Laine proved to be far more popular in Great Britain and Europe than America during this time, and after his last American Top Ten hit ("Love Is a Golden Ring" in 1957), he turned to lavish cabaret tours that crisscrossed the world and found him turning to increasingly inspirational and religious material. He retired to his home in California during the mid-'80s. He passed away from heart failure on February 6, 2007. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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ragmop12345
I learned to love Frankie Laine from my father's old records. Now many years later, he's still one of my all time favorites.
LOVE FRANKIE LANE!!!!!!!! !
My grandpa was a huge Frankie Laine fan. A friend of his knew someone who was in charge on his fan club, and actually arranged for Mr. Laine to call my grandpa on his birthday. He sang to him over the phone and chatted for a few minutes. I just wanted to share -- I love that story. :)
I grew up on Catalina Island. I was a teenager in the 1950's. I was lucky enough to see Frankie in concert at the Casino Ballroom in the late 50's. He was one of the top entertainers in the 1950's.
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Frankie Laine was the first professional singer I ever saw when I was thirteen at the Portland Oregon home show. He was awesome. He also helped many up and coming artists. He was a wonderful man.So far his talent is unmatched.
ang32
Angie
Tom Jones is another one of my favorite singers, I was lucky enough to
get to see him in person. He wams my heart.
ang32
Angie Miller, I fell in Love with Frankie Laine, when he sung That's My
Desire. I'll always listen to his music, He's one of the greatest singers of my time.
i met frankie, he was a very nice person,,grea t singer too..we miss him..
bring's me to tears !
Rawhide!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Yippy!!!!!!! ! ! ! Love Frankie!!!!! !
he was so good so very good
The greatest ever!
Wild goose is a favorite
He and Marty Robbins are two of my favorite singers of old country and western. "Wanted Man" "Bowie Knife" "3:10 to Yuma" "Cool Water" ect.ect.
lari614
one of my top 5 favorites since early '50's, never tire of hearing him!!
Kid800
Frankie Laine is the best; his version of Laura and A Small Cafe still gives me goosebumps!
I,over many years, have fallen in love while listening to this GREAT, romantic singer. Frankie Laine was one of the most versatile singers and entertainers ever. He once said that he sang soul before people knew what soul was. I think my heart broke when he died.
I was a sophomore in high school when I heard Rose Rose I love you being piped out side from A restaurant while I was waiting for a bus. He's been my favorite singer ever since.
I fell in love with Frankie Laine when I heard "My Heart Goes Where the Wild Goose Goes" when I was 5 years old and he has never disappointed me. I never got to see him in a live concert. Really wish I had.
saw frankie at the venitian room in the 60's. not only was his performance great but he was gratious and stayed and signed autographs for a long time afterwards. hard to say he's the greatest over sinatra but still a great entertainer and a nice guy.
frankie laine is the greatest singer in all time i have listened to frankie for years im over 80
i think frankie is the best
bessparks
I agree with aseegar. The biographer doesn't do justice to Mr. Laine. As a child, I listened to his wonderful voice on my mother's radio in our county home and heard him off an on on throughout my life. I saw him in his 80's on a public TV benifit and my husband and I were spellbound. His voice was wonderful as ever. I ordered two DVDs of his last performances . I continue to enjoy watching and listening to him. Please add informati
I don't think Frankie's biographer really did him justice. His versitility isn't featured as you might expect! His western flavor in his singing was unique. Sorry to hear Frankie passed away recently.
Frankie Laine is my all time favorite popular artist. His voice and style are
un-matched. He is fabulous! What a sound ! I first heard him when I was a
teenager and I've never heard anyone better. Jezebel - Wild Goose - Black Lace
Wow ! And so many more !
he has a great baritone voice,an American that is Italian
rgspops
Need to play more of his records,a great voice.
CLASSIC ACT.THE BEST.THANKS
Great one of a kind
arline9
Frankie Lane has been a favorite of my since the 40's.. as a child, when he would come on the radio sining Lucky Old Sun, I would stop drying dishes and just sit by the radio till he finished. Now in my 70's,I am still a fan. Thank you for playing his music.
Arline
He Took Laine as a last name. His real last name is LoPresto. I was suprised that the Guy who wrote the Bio didnt mention that. "Another Italian American Great!!!"
i love them all
HE brings about many memories of when I was younger. I met him in person and enjoyed talking with him.

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