Sergio Franchi

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Sergio Franchi (born Sergio Franci Galli; April 6, 1926 – May 1, 1990) was an Italian-American tenor and actor who enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in the USA as a multimedia star and recording artist after being discovered on British television in 1962. Subsequent to a trans-Atlantic taped audition, RCA Victor signed him to an exclusive seven-year contract. Sol Hurok managed Franchi's initial American concert tour with a debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. One of the most popular acts in show business, Sergio Franchi was a favorite headliner in Las Vegas, and his cabaret and concert appearances filled the largest venues on four continents. His earliest ambitions and studies were directed toward an operatic career, but fate intervened as opportunities opened instead in popular and romantic music. Franchi performed musical comedies on stage, appeared on numerous television variety shows, and starred in a major motion picture. He became an American citizen in 1972. Throughout his career, Sergio Franchi was a generous benefactor and philanthropist, donating his time and talent to many causes. For his longtime support of Boys' and Girls' Towns of Italy, he was posthumously awarded the title of Cavaliere in the "Order of Merit" (Stella al merito del lavoro) by the Italian Government. His performing career spanned thirty-six years before his death at age 64 due to cancer. After his death, a foundation was formed in his name to award scholarships to talented young singers.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1962 Romantic Italian Songs Sergio Franchi 5 11
1963 Our Man From Italy Sergio Franchi 5 8
1963 Broadway... I Love You Sergio Franchi 5 1
1963 The Dream Duet Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi 5 1
1964 The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi Sergio Franchi 4 2
1964 The Great Moments from Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss II; Anna Moffo, Sergio Franchi, Risë Stevens, Jeanette Scovotti, Richard Lewis, George London, John Hauxvell, Oscar Danon, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus 5 2
1964 Women in My Life Sergio Franchi 4 1
1965 The Songs of Richard Rodgers Sergio Franchi 4 2
1965 The Heart of Christmas (Cuor' di Natale) Sergio Franchi 5 2
1966 La dolce Italy Sergio Franchi 5 2
1967 There Goes My Heart Sergio Franchi 5 1
1967 From Sergio - With Love Sergio Franchi 5 1
1968 I'm a Fool to Want You Sergio Franchi 4 2
1968 Wine & Song Sergio Franchi 5 1
1970 Within Me Sergio Franchi 4 1
1972 Sergio Franchi Sergio Franchi 4 1
1976 20 Magnificent Songs Sergio Franchi 4 1
1976 Con amore Sergio Sergio Franchi 4 1
1976 Tele House Presents Sergio Franchi Sergio Franchi 1
1989 Encore! Sergio Franchi 4 1
2006 The Exciting Voice of Sergio Franchi / Live at the Cocoanut Grove Sergio Franchi 5 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1963 The Golden Voice of Italy Compilation Sergio Franchi 4 1
1965 Buon Natale Compilation Sergio Franchi 3 1
1965 Buon Natale - Christmas in Italy Compilation Sergio Franchi and favorite Italian stars 1
1965 Il fantastico! Compilation Sergio Franchi 4 1
1965 La bella Italia Compilation Sergio Franchi 4 1
1973 This Is Sergio Franchi Compilation Sergio Franchi 5 1
1975 The Best Of Compilation Sergio Franchi 1
1976 Sergio Franchi Sings Volare Compilation Sergio Franchi 1
1977 Volare Compilation Sergio Franchi 3
1988 This Is Sergio Franchi Compilation Sergio Franchi 5 1
1998 The Beautiful Music Company Presents Sergio Franchi Compilation Sergio Franchi 5 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1965 Live at the Cocoanut Grove Live Sergio Franchi 5 1
2008 Sergio Franchi on The Ed Sullivan Show Live Sergio Franchi 5 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1969 The Secret of Santa Vittoria Soundtrack Ernest Gold, Sergio Franchi 5 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1959 Amore mio Sergio Franchi 4 1
1959 Il nostro concerto Sergio Franchi 5 1
1960 Our Concerto (Il nostro concerto) Sergio Franchi 5 1
1961 Se due sguardi s'incontrano Sergio Franchi 4 1
1962 Appasionada Sergio Franchi 4 1
1963 Once Sergio Franchi 5 1
1963 The Good Life Sergio Franchi 5 1
1964 Chicago (in Italian) Sergio Franchi 5 1
1964 No Arms Can Ever Hold You Sergio Franchi 4 1
1965 Moon Over Naples Sergio Franchi 5 1
1965 Someone Like You Sergio Franchi 5 1
1967 I Should Care Sergio Franchi 5 2
1967 What Will Tomorrow Bring? Sergio Franchi 4 1
1968 The Song of Santa Vittoria (Stay) Sergio Franchi 5 2
1968 Time Alone Will Tell (Non pensare a me) Sergio Franchi 5 1

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