Frankie Laine (Italian American singer)

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Legal name: Francesco Paolo LoVecchio

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Frankie Laine (born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio; March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007) was an Italian 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 "That's My Desire" in 2005. Often billed as "America's Number One Song Stylist", his other nicknames include "Mr. Rhythm", "Old Leather Lungs", and "Mr. Steel Tonsils". His hits included "That's My Desire", "That Lucky Old Sun", "Mule Train", "Jezebel", "High Noon", "I Believe", "Hey Joe!", "The Kid's Last Fight", "Cool Water", "Rawhide", and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain".

He sang well-known theme songs for many movie Western soundtracks, including 3:10 To Yuma, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and Blazing Saddles, although his recordings were not charted as a country & western. Laine sang an eclectic variety of song styles and genres, stretching from big band crooning to pop, western-themed songs, gospel, rock, folk, jazz, and blues. He did not sing the soundtrack song for High Noon, which was sung by Tex Ritter, but his own version (with somewhat altered lyrics, omitting the name of the antagonist, Frank Miller) was the one that became a bigger hit, nor did he sing the theme to another show he is commonly associated with—Champion the Wonder Horse (sung by Mike Stewart)—but released his own, subsequently more popular, version.

Laine's enduring popularity was illustrated in June 2011, when a TV-advertised compilation called Hits reached No. 16 on the British chart. The accomplishment was achieved nearly 60 years after his debut on the UK chart, 64 years after his first major U.S. hit and four years after his death.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Fifties Romance Various Artists 1
2007 Hard to Find Jukebox Classics: 1956 Various Artists 1
2007 Jazz Duets - The Finest Jazz Duets Selection Various Artists 1
2007 Music for Creative Cooks Various Artists 1
2007 Swinging Christmas Various Artists 1
2007 Swinging Christmas Various Artists 1
2007 The Pop Parade: Hits of the '40s, '50s & '60s Various Artists 1
2007 This Is My Song Various Artists 1
2007 Tønder Festival 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 Top 10 Hits of the '50s Various Artists 1
2008 On Vine Street: The Early Songs of Randy Newman Various Artists 1
2008 Rolling Stone: Rare Trax, Volume 57: Lonesome Riders: Von Wichita nach Hollywood: Die Geschichte des singenden Cowboys Various Artists 1
2008 100 60s Hits Various Artists 1
2008 101 Fifties Songs Various Artists 1
2008 Legends: The Christmas Collection Various Artists 1
2008 ’50s Love Songs Various Artists 1
2008 Fireside Favourites At Christmas Various Artists 1
2008 Jukebox Favourites: 51 Original Hits From the 50s Various Artists 1
2008 Number 1 Hits of the 1950s Various Artists 1
2008 Put Your Hand in the Hand Various Artists 1
2008 Simply Christmas Crooners Various Artists 1
2008 The Best of Christmas, 75 Original Recordings Various Artists 1
2008 The Best of Christmas: 75 Original Recordings Various Artists 1
2008 The Intro Collection: Country Various Artists 1
2008 White Christmas Various Artists 1
2009 1953 British Hit Parade: Britian's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2009 1954 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2009 Vic’s Fabulous Fifties Various Artists 1
2009 100 Number 1 Hits Various Artists 1
2009 100 Hits: 50s Various Artists 1
2009 Die Hit-Giganten: Country & Folk Various Artists 1
2009 Christmas Hits Various Artists 1
2009 100 Hits: Halloween Various Artists 1
2009 It's Christmas Various Artists 2
2009 This Is the Remembrance Album Various Artists 1
2009 100 Essential Tracks: No1 Hits Various Artists 1
2009 Baby Love: 100 Classic Love Songs of the 50's and 60's Various Artists 1
2009 Destination Moon Various Artists 1
2009 Hits of the 50s Various Artists 1
2009 Le 100 canzoni di sempre internazionali Various Artists 1
2009 The Best of Country Various Artists 1
2009 The Stars at Christmas Various Artists 1
2010 Muziek uit de oorlogsjaren Various Artists 1
2010 60 Christmas Crackers Various Artists 1
2010 100 Hits: Christmas Legends Various Artists 5 1
2010 Mad Men: Music Heard On The Hit Series Various Artists 1
2010 101 Golden Memories Various Artists 1
2010 The History of Rock Times Special, Schlager Goes Welthit Various Artists 1
2010 200 No.1 Hits Various Artists 1
2010 Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes: Christmas Various Artists 1
2010 Music that inspired Madmen Various Artists 1
2010 Simply Crooners Various Artists 1
2010 White Christmas - 50 Weihnachts-Klassiker Various Artists 1
2010 White Cliffs of Dover Various Artists 1
2011 Pure… Crooners Various Artists 1
2011 CMAA Presents 101 Country Classics Various Artists 1
2011 The Ultimate Collection - 125 Original Recordings Doris Day 1
2011 Best of the 50s Various Artists 1
2011 Forever Country Various Artists 1
2011 Happy Days: 100 Hits That Rocked the Jukebox Various Artists 1
2011 Moments to Remember: Golden Hits of the '50s & '60s Various Artists 1
2011 The First British Hit Parade Various Artists 1
2012 Pure… 50s Various Artists 1
2012 Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes - 1955: It Was a Very Good Year Various Artists 1
2012 No.1 Hits of the '50s Various Artists 1
2012 Housewives’ Choice: Favourite Hits From Yesteryear Various Artists 1
2012 50 Finest Jazz Various Artists 1
2012 Sweethearts & Stolen Kisses: Love Me Tender Various Artists 1
2012 Kid's Retro Christmas Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2012 Greatest Songs of the 1940s Various Artists 1
2012 Fifty Country Greats Various Artists 1
2012 50 Xmas Songs - 50 Classic Christmas Songs for the Perfect Holiday, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2012 50 Xmas Songs - 50 Classic Christmas Songs for the Perfect Holiday, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2012 I like the 50's Various Artists 1
2012 Wonderful Christmas Various Artists 1
2013 Just Great Songs Various Artists 1
2013 Volltreffer! 40 Number One Hits Various Artists 1
2013 100 Hits: Christmas Various Artists 1
2013 Decade of Hits: The 40's Various Artists 1
2013 I Just Love: A 50s Summer Party! Various Artists 1
2013 Jukebox Souvenirs 2 Various Artists 1
2013 Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes: Love Songs, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2013 No. 1 Hits of the '50s Various Artists 1
2013 Those Were the Days - Summer Holiday Various Artists 1
2014 Sweet 'n' Salty Popcorn Various Artists 1
2014 100 Hits: Fabulous 50s Various Artists 1
2014 Greatest Ever! Halloween: The Definitive Collection Various Artists 1
2014 American Heartbeat: 1957 Various Artists 1
2014 Decade of Hits: the 50's Various Artists 1
2015 Die Slow Van Toen 3 Various Artists 1
2015 Christmas in the Air! Television Stars Ring in the Holidays! Various Artists 1
2015 A Collection of Great Songs for Mum Various Artists 1
2015 Len Goodman’s Ballroom Bonanza Various Artists 1
2015 50s NO1s Various Artists 1
2015 Simply Crooners Various Artists 1
2016 The Sound of Nashville Various Artists 1
2016 100 Fifties Hits & Greatest No.1 50s Classics – The Very Best Classic Jukebox Songs from the Legends of the 1950s Various Artists 1
2016 Christmas Nostalgia (The Classic Hits - Remastered 2016) Various Artists 1
16 Most Requested Songs Television Themes Various Artists 1
20 Country Greats, Volume 6 Various Artists 1

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